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Technology and people power unite to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

Technology and people power unite to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

New technology is advancing the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), but successful elimination still relies on community mobilisation.
Effective medicines for hepatitis C

Effective medicines for hepatitis C

Long-term consequences of hepatitis C include cirrhosis or scarring of the liver and up to one in 25 of these cases go on to develop liver cancer. Fortunately, several medicines have been developed in recent years to clear the virus for good from the body, and the prospects are getting better all the time.
No time to waste in fighting neglected tropical diseases

No time to waste in fighting neglected tropical diseases

Development professionals are urging governments and international organisations to use the knowledge and the tools they have at their disposal right now to fight neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
Insight Gay men and hepatitis C

Insight: Gay men and hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is the single biggest threat to the health of HIV positive gay men on the party scene. It’s the elephant in the room. Men don’t like talking about it. There’s a stigma attached to it that is far worse than HIV, says Robert Fieldhouse, Editor, BASELINE magazine.
A new era in the fight against infectious disease

A new era in the fight against infectious disease

We stand at a turning point in the fight against infectious diseases. Great progress has been made, but, the reality is, we can’t continue with the same approach.
Why is hepatitis given so little attention worldwide

Why is hepatitis given so little attention worldwide?

Viral hepatitis is one of the most underestimated diseases on the planet. It is the eighth leading cause of death worldwide, with the same mortality rate as HIV/AIDS. Over 500 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B or C.
The seriousness of hepatitis

The seriousness of hepatitis

Question: How did one actor’s family tragedy initiate a passion for campaigning for a change in the treatment of hepatitis? Answer: For Sadie Frost, the premature death of her father from hepatitis C inspired her to start campaigning with passion.
Raising awareness to prevent hepatitis

Raising awareness to prevent hepatitis

Question: What are the chief challenges presented by hepatitis and why must they be urgently tackled? Answer: Hepatitis plays a major role in the rising rates of death from liver conditions which have increased by a quarter in just under a decade.
Antimicrobial resistance the Hydra among us

Antimicrobial resistance: the Hydra among us

With increasing antimicrobial resistance, there is concern that we might enter an era where we lose the essential contribution of antibiotics in treating bacterial diseases.
The 30 year fight against AIDS

The 30-year fight against AIDS

The story of HIV has been extraordinary, a combination of impressive scientific discovery, of communities mobilising into action, and of governments rising to the challenge, or, in some cases, spectacularly failing to do so.
Knowledge is power in the fight against malaria

Knowledge is power in the fight against malaria

With half the world’s population at risk of malaria, the disease is one of epic scale. Targeting malaria ‘hot spots’ could help the world get a grip on this global killer.  
HIV vaccine trials show signs of success

HIV vaccine trials show signs of success

After years of false hopes and abandoned research, the most recent trials into a HIV vaccine are showing promising signs of success.
Learning from our mistakes and from history a Malaria tale

Learning from our mistakes and from history: a Malaria tale

Nicola Follis is an international development consultant currently working in Nigeria on the DFID Justice for All Programme. This is her story.
More investment needed to continue malaria battle

More investment needed to continue malaria battle

Resistance to insecticides used to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes is threatening to reverse gains made in fighting the disease. 
Taking Risk is Essential in Fighting NTDs

Taking Risk is Essential in Fighting NTDs

Targeting regions with the greatest burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is the next step toward their elimination. However, this will require a new approach, a shift in attitude and a willingness to take risks.
Ebola a colossal human and economic tragedy

Ebola: a colossal human and economic tragedy

Images of body-bagged victims, health professionals in protective suits and communities gripped with fear, have come to epitomise the current Ebola crisis.
Generosity and leadership aids progress in malaria

Generosity and leadership aids progress in malaria

Peter Williams founded British clothing company Jack Wills in his 20s and has featured on the Sunday Times Rich List. He is now a a patron of British Charity Malaria No More UK. Here he speaks about aiding malaria progress.
Severe malaria scaling up life saving treatment

Severe malaria: scaling-up life-saving treatment

There are around 5.6 million cases of severe malaria every year, leading to around 627,000 deaths, mostly of children under 5.
HIV On the cusp of a brutal storm

HIV: On the cusp of a brutal storm

Thirty years ago little was known about HIV, medication wasn’t available and social stigma was a huge problem. Today, things have progressed, but more needs to be done to remove the barriers that prevent the most vulnerable accessing support.
Urgent need for engineers and logisticians to help in fight against Ebola

Urgent need for engineers and logisticians to help in fight against Ebola

A shortage of engineers and logisticians is undermining the international response to Ebola in West Africa as humanitarian organisations struggle to recruit the experts needed.
World Hepatitis Day Malaysia

The importance of World Hepatitis Day

More needs to be done to drive home the message about the threat of viral hepatitis — which is why World Hepatitis Day is such a crucial event, says Raquel Peck, Chief Executive Officer of the World Hepatitis Alliance.
Finding sustainable solutions to the threat of AMR

Finding sustainable solutions to the threat of AMR

The pharmaceutical industry has a vital role to play through the development of new drugs and diagnostics, but collaboration with government, doctors and the public is key.
How antibiotic resistance emerges

How antibiotic resistance emerges

Bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic drugs develop through the natural process of evolution, where microbes undergo changes that help them survive in hostile environments, such as exposure to antibiotics.
On the spot test key to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing

On the spot test key to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing

A simple finger-prick blood test taken in GP surgeries or pharmacies could cut antibiotic prescriptions by up to 42 per cent, saving the NHS £56 million a year.
We need new antibiotics but that s not all

We need new antibiotics, but that’s not all…

We need new medicines as well as a better understanding of why, how, and where resistance to antimicrobials develops.
Why is there such a focus on antibiotic resistance at the moment

Why is there such a focus on antibiotic resistance at the moment?

It is because many of these precious medicines have lost their effectiveness to treat the bacteria causing common infections such as pneumonia, skin and kidney infections, gonorrhoea, and tuberculosis.
doctors gathered together

Beating antibiotic resistance together

Antibiotics are medicine’s ‘wonder drugs’ that have, since the discovery of the antibacterial powers of Penicillium mould by Sir Alexander Fleming, transformed the potential and delivery of healthcare across the globe. 
Only global action will save modern medicine

Only global action will save modern medicine

This year marks the first ever Antibiotics Awareness Week. The fact that the WHO has now recognised this as a global week of action is further evidence of how important and serious the issue of antimicrobial resistance has become.
Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030

Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030

By choosing the right path now we can break the epidemic over the next five years, plotting a course to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Choose the wrong path and we will see the epidemic rebound with tragic consequences.
The collective power of action in tackling antimicrobial resistance

The collective power of action in tackling antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) places unprecedented threats on global health, a fact both evidenced and undisputed.
Schistosomiasis The vision for elimination

Schistosomiasis: The vision for elimination

Schistosomiasis is a disease of poverty. It is far-reaching, posing a threat to over 700 million people, primarily in the world’s most impoverished rural communities.
Let s end the AIDS epidemic together

Let's end the AIDS epidemic together

This World Aids Day, there’s a target and a prediction we should all focus on: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 or facing a return to the darkest days of the disease.
Could an end to Tuberculosis be in sight

Could an end to Tuberculosis be in sight?

A new report calculates that we can prevent 10 million people from dying from tuberculosis if we invest in both fighting the disease and research and development, putting the world on the path to end tuberculosis (TB).
Make sure you are regularly tested for HIV

Make sure you are regularly tested for HIV

The medical breakthroughs surrounding HIV have been hugely positive — but it's not a healthcare issue that's going away. Regular HIV testing is therefore essential.
A British family s experience of malaria

A British family’s experience of malaria

Our family has had a real rollercoaster with malaria. At one time or another, all four of us have been struck down with the dreadful disease – most of us more than once.