Chengdu Declaration on cestode infections calls for global collaboration into research and control

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13 December 2017 | Chengdu | Geneva –– Countries with high prevalence of cestode infections are to set up a network of global cooperation and capacity building to accelerate their control.

These poverty-related parasitic infections are widely prevalent among subsistence farmers.

The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative can offer an ideal platform to accelerate control of these diseases through projected development of rural areas, contributing to economic gains and poverty reduction.

Summary on the meeting of WHO Informal Working Group on Echinococcosis (WHO-IWGE)

Clinical management of CE - WHO/HTM/NTD/NZD/2017.01

06 December 2017 | Geneva –– On 6 October, 2017, the Steering Group of the WHO Informal Working Group on Echinococcosis (WHO-IWGE) met in Algiers, Algeria.

The Group prioritized the development of a cystic echinococcosis (CE) technical manual as an output planned to be published by mid of 2018. The subgroup on alveolar echinococcosis (AE) named the lead contributors to the planned parallel work on AE. The CE and AE subgoups will work closely together to coordinate their work.

Combating echinococcosis in China

Ultrasound examination for echinococcosis in Siqu (China)
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21 September 2017 | Geneva –– China has intensified its national programme for the control of echinococcosis through community focused interventions where more people are being examined through ultrasound.

Echinococcosis is a parasitic disease. The two main types are: cystic and alveolar echinococcosis. Infection is acquired through ingestion of parasite eggs in contaminated food, water or soil, or through direct contact with animal hosts.

Two new centres of excellence have joined the WHO network of Collaborating centres for echinococcosis

09 September 2016 | Geneva ––The World Health Organization (WHO) has expanded its network of collaborating centres for echinococcosis.

The latest two centres in Xinjiang, China and in Rome, Italy will help sustain control strategies and the implementation of uniform operational procedures, testing and training.