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Americans Support Global Health, Now What?

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New Collaborations to Address Neglected Tropical Diseases

It is hard to believe where the time goes. We are already into February, off to a great start on the heels of a year where major global health partners gained momentum in taking on intestinal worms, one of the most serious Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) affecting children, through school-based deworming programs. It had been sort of a David vs. Goliath situation, Goliath being the seemingly invincible burden of NTDs, David, a symbol of the community trying to tackle the indefatigable beast. Until now.

Pulling Undernutrition From Its Roots

If we’re serious about ending poverty, then we have to get serious about improving nutrition. Nutrition is like the DNA of health and development. At an individual level, nutrition affects virtually every aspect of a human being’s physical and intellectual development. At a global level, how well (or poorly) people are nourished affects the overall health, prosperity and stability of communities and societies. Yet ironically, poor nutrition, specifically undernutrition, is one of the world’s most insidious, yet least addressed, health and development challenges.

Reflections On A Year Fighting Worms

2011 has been a banner year for those of us in the global health community who are working to tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), especially for those of us who focus on the dreaded intestinal worms that affect more than one billion people around the world. And of those one billion, it is children who bear the brunt of the burden. Worms affect children because they are just being children – playing in the soil, exploring their surroundings, being carefree and innocent – totally unaware of the danger lurking in the very soil that is our lifeline.

ReSurge Remembers September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) had U.S. medical volunteers teaching and providing surgeries in Nepal, Peru and Brazil.  While families of the volunteers asked that they return home immediately after the attacks, that was not an option, as planes were not flying.  More importantly, the medical volunteers wanted to stay overseas and complete the work they were doing.  For some, giving back by building surgical capacity and healing children was the best way to deal with their sorrow and anguish. 

Video: Meeting Emergency Needs Of Refugees In Ethiopia

August 17, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) — The Jesuit Refugee Service Emergency Needs Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, serves the needs of asylum-seekers and refugees from Somalia and elsewhere in Africa who seek to escape famine, war and persecution in their homelands. The program was established in 1997, initially as a parish outreach program, and became the ENP in 2004.

Learn more about the Emergency Needs Program on the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA website.

Humanitarian Action Needs To Be Impartial

Two weeks ago, British newspaper The Guardian published findings of its ongoing investigation into allegations of a fake vaccination program conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in northwest Pakistan. Under the ruse of providing hepatitis B vaccines, the CIA  allegedly attempted to collect DNA samples from Osama bin Laden’s family members in hopes of finding the world’s most wanted terrorist. In response to the allegations, an unnamed U.S.

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