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Intestinal Worms

Infectious Disease: A Preventable Tragedy

William Lin, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Lin, Ph.D.

As a child growing up in the rural outskirts of Hong Kong, "wash your hands" was a frequent -- and wise -- admonition. The simple act of eating a piece of fruit or a chocolate bar with soiled fingers and licking those delicious flavors off already dirty hands may have resulted in a stomachache, or so much worse. I was lucky. Even today, intestinal worms caused by lack of access to water for handwashing affects nearly a quarter of the people on this planet.

Creative Collaboration to Tackle a Neglected Children's Health Issue

David Addiss, MD, MPH | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
David Addiss, MD, MPH

In his book Organizing Genius, Warren Bennis notes that the world's greatest problems can be solved only by creative collaboration and that "the most urgent collaborations require the coordinated contributions of many talented people." Public-private partnerships that bring together the best talents, expertise, and resources from the government, non-profit and business sectors have proven essential for tackling the most complex challenges in global health and international development.

Big Problems? Think Big Solutions

William Lin, Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
William Lin, Ph.D.

Children playing, running and laughing. This should not be too much to ask. But it may be a tall order if these children are harboring hundreds and sometimes thousands of intestinal worms.