Task Force for Global Health

Decatur-based coalition gets $29.97 million boost from Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has done it again.

A coalition housed at the Decatur-based Task Force for Global Health has received a new five-year $29.97 million grant from the foundation, the nonprofit announced Friday morning.

The grant will fund the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) – to support research and to continue efforts to control and eliminate five neglected tropical diseases.

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Carter Center: South Sudan has stopped the spread of Guinea worm disease

The Carter Center and Dr. Riek Gai Kok, the minister of health for South Sudan, made a historic announcement Wednesday morning – the African nation has officially stopped the transmission of Guinea worm disease.

For many years, the area that is now the nation of South Sudan was the most Guinea worm-endemic nation in the world. Now South Sudan is enjoying 15 consecutive months with zero Guinea worm cases.