Research and control of parasitic diseases
The National Institute of Parasitic Diseases (NIPD), Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Shanghai, is a specialized institution on research and control of parasitic diseases. The NIPD was established by the national government 60 years ago, and has been a WHO Collaborating Centre for Malaria, Schistosomiasis and Filariasis for 30 years. The NIPD has greatly contributed to technical guidance, formulation of national criteria on research and control parasitic diseases in China. The research done at the NIPD ranges from the genomics of parasites in laboratory to control and elimination strategies in the field. Of particular significance are Chinese experiences in elimination of filariasis, and impact made in the control of malaria and schistosomiasis. Malaria has almost been eliminated from the country. Schistosomiasis transmission was interrupted from 5 provinces. The NIPD has been collaborating with the WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). The Institute of Parasitic Diseases provides expertise and technical assistance for disease control to endemic countries. It has also worked with the WHO departments to support networking of national and international researchers and scientists on neglected tropical diseases.