neglected diseases

0 Another neglected disease: Cancer in the Developing World

Freelance (and former NPR) health journalist Joanne Silberner of Seattle is doing a series of reports on cancer in the developing world for a number of news organizations with funding from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. The gist of it is that cancer in poor countries is often a…

4 How Jimmy Carter became a serpent slayer and global health pioneer

Former President Jimmy Carter is in Seattle, having spoken last night at the World Affairs Council’s 60th anniversary celebration and speaking today at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about Guinea worm. Guinea worm is a human parasite that eats its way through the human body and emerges a year…

0 PATH acquires drug company to speed fight on neglected diseases

Seattle-based PATH announced today that it is acquiring the non-profit drug company OneWorld Health. OneWorld Health, which will continue to operate from its headquarters in San Francisco, was created in 2000 as the first non-profit pharmaceutical company and has been focused from the beginning on creating drugs and vaccines for…

1 NPR: Using lay therapists to deal with mental illness in India

In the global health arena, mental health care is typically considered — or not considered at all, more accurately — as infeasible for poor communities compared to the more pressing disease burdens of physical illness like AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, pneumonia, malnutrition and the like. But as I’ve written here before,…

0 Foot note 2: Neglected “shoe” disease gets recognition by WHO

One neglected disease is a little bit less neglected today. The World Health Organization has decided to recognize that lack of shoes causes disease. A month ago, I wrote about Dr. Gail Davey’s campaign to gain wider recognition of a little known foot disease called podonociosis that afflicts the poorest…

5 Foot note: Millions suffer simply for lack of shoes

Flickr, poppalina Millions of bare feet prove we still aren’t reaching the very poorest of the poor. The international community is doing a lot to help the world’s poor — spending billions of dollars (not enough, but still billions) to combat AIDS, TB and malaria, doing research, figuring out clever…

1 What is a Neglected Disease?

One of the funny, maddening things about global health is all the terminology people use that seems to lack precise definition. Global health itself is fairly imprecise and debatable, as it turns out. QuestionFlickr, by David M* I wrote yesterday about the “most neglected disease” in global health — mental…

3 The Most Neglected Disease in Global Health

Neon BrainFlickr, by Dierk Schaefer Is it Kala-azar black fever? Elephantiasis? African sleeping sickness? Guinea worm? How about mental illness? “Mental health is the Rodney Dangerfield of international health,” says Paul Bolton, an expert in evaluating treatments at Johns Hopkins University, paraphrasing the comedian’s signature line: “It gets no respect.”…

0 Putting Cancer on the Global Health Agenda

Most people who die from cancer, and most cancer cases, are in the developing world. Cancer cell              NCI Yet cancer is seldom included in any discussion about global health. Some powerful people — from the high-profile health activist Dr. Paul Farmer to the even more high-profile Lance Armstrong (not…