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Press Release Archive
Our Press Release Archive is an online offering of press releases over the past few years, the most recent listed first.

Published articles on LF in newspapers and magazines

Press Release Archive

UK Department of International Development announce £50 million to “wipe out deadly tropical diseases”. £10 million to be focused on the international effort to eradicate Guinea worm in the five remaining African countries.

Gerorge Bush announcement(February 2008): President Bush Announces New Global Initiative To Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases

Million endure elephantiasis needlessly: study (November 2007): Article on Reuters website

Attack of the Worms (July 2007): Article in the New York Times

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine'’s key role in $100 million disease treatment programme (October 2006): Press release.

USAID Announces $100 Million Award to Reduce Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Developing Nations (September 2006): Press release.

RTI International Joins Effort to Reduce Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases in Developing Nations (September 2006): RTI press release announcing $100 million to implement a collaborative program designed to treat more than 40 million people annually for five years.

Burkina Faso reaches major milestone in protecting its people against tropical parasites (June 2006): Press release announcing Burkina Faso as the first WHO African Region to achieve nationwide coverage.

Beyond Swollen Limbs, a Disease's Hidden Agony (April 2006): Article in The New York Times

Mass Treatment Targets Parasitic Infection (April 2004): Article in The Washington Post

Global Alliance Secretariat: Global Alliance Cairo Meeting (March 2004): Press release announcing the third Global Alliance meeting.

GlaxoSmithKline: 80 Million People Now Treated to Prevent Elephantiasis (March 2004): GSK press release on the success of the programme to date.

WHO: Second Global Alliance Meeting (May 2002): A WHO announcement of the second Global Alliance meeting. Available in English and French.

WHO: Partnership with Merck & Co., Inc. (October 1998): A WHO announcement of the decision of Merck & Co., Inc. to donate Mectizan® (ivermectin) to WHO for LF elimination efforts in Africa.

WHO: Partnership with GlaxoSmithKline (January 1998): A WHO announcement of the decision of SmithKlineBeecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) to donate albendazole for LF elimination efforts.

WHA: World Health Assembly resolution (May 1997): The resolution adopted at the 50th World Health Assembly urging Member States to eliminate lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.



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Tanzania steps up war against neglected diseases

By: Masembe Tambwe - Tanzania Daily News

Date: 15 May 2013

By: Katharina Schwan - The Disease Daily

Date: 14 May 2013


Chance discovery: Unintended consequences of ivermectin highlights potential benefits of integration

By: Andrew Jack - Financial Times

Date: 25 April 2013


Somewhat less neglected tropical diseases: What progress has been made, a year on from Big Pharma's promise to help eliminate neglected tropical diseases?

By: Sarah Bosely - The Guardian

Date: 16 January 2013


Economic reality spurs intervention: More is being done to tackle 'NTDs' as research reveals their impact on countries' growth

By: Andrew Jack - Financial Times supplement

Date: 11 October 2012

Lymphatic Filariasis elimination: a public health success and development opportunity.
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Attack of the Worms’ Article
By: Nicholas D. Kristof - New York Times
Date: 2nd July 2007

"Rapid-Impact Interventions": How a Policy of Integrated Control for Africa's Neglected Tropical Diseases Could Benefit the Poor
By: David H. Molyneux, Peter J. Hotez*, Alan Fenwick - PLoS Medicine
Date: November 2005
Over the past two decades there have been significant achievements in the control of a handful of important human tropical infections. These achievements include the substantive reductions in the prevalence and incidence of the so-called neglected diseases such as lymphatic filariasis...(read more)

$200 mln urged to fight neglected African diseases
By: Ben Hirschler - Reuters
Date: 2005/10/11
Parasitic diseases afflicting millions of African adults and children could be treated and cured for just $200 million a year, a tiny fraction of the amount earmarked to fight AIDS, medical experts said on Tuesday. (read more)

Ignored diseases 'kill 500,000'
By: BBC News World Edition
Date: 2005/10/10
Millions of people are being affected annually by tropical diseases which are being ignored, claim researchers from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. The diseases kill at least 500,000 people a year but are neglected by doctors, policymakers and public health officials. (read more)

Scaling Up, Reaching Out: Mobilizing Resources to Fight a Neglected Disease.
By: Global Healthlink, #132
Date: March-April 2005

Mass Treatment Targets Parasitic Infection.
By: Brown, David - The Washington Post
Date: April 5, 2004.

Tropical Disease Drive is Hailed.
By: BBC News
Date: March 16, 2004.

Towards the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis.
By: Dean, Malcolm - The Lancet
Date: May 11, 2002