Nigeria's Neglected Diseases
March 12, 2007 Parasitic diseases such as schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis have come to be called neglected diseases, even though they infect about 1 billion people worldwide and are easily preventable. But some international donors are trying to change that in Nigeria.
March 12, 2007 Despite the toll it can take, schistosomiasis is not an international health priority. The waterborne disease eats away at the intestines, causing bleeding and anemia. One doctor hopes the results of her research in Nigeria will persuade authorities to provide money for medicine.
March 13, 2007 Dr. Frank Richards specializes in the infectious diseases that are rampant in developing countries, especially diseases that target children. For 25 years, he has worked in uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous conditions to help people who are struggling to survive.
March 18, 2007 In central Nigeria, a health worker has started a support group for people with a disfiguring and painful condition, lymphatic filariasis. Often shunned by their families and communities, members of the group learn how to treat the condition and reclaim their lives.