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A Major Public Health Milestone on the Horizon: Sierra Leone's Progress towards Eliminating River Blindness

River blindness (onchocerciasis) has been known to humankind since “biblical times.” It was second only to cataract as a cause of blindness in Sierra Leone until recently – It used to be so common in some highly-affected riverside villages that people accepted the inevitability of visual impairment from their mid-30s. The parasite that causes onchocerciasis, Onchocerca volvulus, was first identified in 1874 and its transmission as larvae by blackflies was first documented in 1926 in Sierra Leone.

Health Care and Clean Water for Conflict-Affected Syrians

As the Syrian civil war stumbles through its seventh year, over 11 million people have been forced from their homes. With health and sanitation systems destroyed, polluted water, poor hygiene and reduced access to medical care, much of the country has become a breeding ground for infectious diseases. Displaced from their homes without clean water, health care or work to sustain them, many Syrians also face extreme malnutrition.

The Italian G7 Presidency: Global Challenges, Collaborative Action and Concrete Commitments

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Taormina’s ancient Greco-­Roman theater and the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, this year’s G7 summit deliberated critical global issues through the lens of the host country’s central mission: building the foundations of renewed trust.

Prior to the summit, questions abounded as to the leaders’ capacity for collaborative action and ability to create common positions to drive forward the global agenda.

Recent News

Mar 21, 2017
The 6th Solar Cookers International (SCI) World Conference 2017 in India broke new ground as it advanced solar cooking globally through new connections, information-sharing, and feedback on new projects advancing the solar cooking community.  Solar cooking is an appropriate technology that improves human health, reduces poverty, protects the...
Oct 11, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Monday October 10, 2016) – As the death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Mathew continues to mount by the hour, Save the Children has joined the ministry of health, other major humanitarian aid organizations and UN agencies in calling for an expedited response to the disaster including providing immediate relief supplies to head off...
Jun 09, 2016
SAN DIEGO – June 9, 2016 - A team of volunteer ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors and nurses sent by San Diego-based International Relief Teams (IRT) will head to Sula, Honduras on Saturday, June 11 to provide much needed surgery to one of Honduras’ poorest communities. During the one-week clinic, the team of eight volunteers will perform 35-40...