On Tuesday, August 2, three representatives of CURE Hydrocephalus testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, chaired by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. The purpose of the hearing was to learn more about the impact of hydrocephalus, a potentially fatal condition which goes largely untreated in the developing world, and what can be done about it.
Dr. Benjamin Warf, former Medical Director of CURE Uganda, presented the highly effective treatment for hydrocephalus that he pioneered while serving in Uganda. Dr. Steven Schiff, who conducted extensive research at CURE Uganda, testified regarding the preliminary results of that research, which provide hope that many forms of hydrocephalus will one day be preventable. Jim Cohick, Senior Vice President of Specialty Programs at CURE International, spoke about CURE’s efforts to spread the treatment of hydrocephalus throughout the developing world.
“This hearing is welcome recognition by the US Congress membership that hydrocephalus is an issue of global concern,” says Jim. “CURE International’s initiative – CURE Hydrocephalus – uniquely positions us to be able to scale up our efforts in treatment, training, prevention and research, and compassionate care with current and future partners across the developing world landscape.”
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