Meeting of the WHO Informal Working Group on Echinococcosis (WHO-IWGE)
WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland 15–16 December 2016
The WHO Department for Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases and the newly appointed co-chairs of the WHO Informal Working Group on Echinococcosis (WHO-IWGE) convened a meeting at WHO headquarters in Geneva on 15–16 December 2016 to define the structure, participation, objectives, timelines and deliverables of the WHO-IWGE for the following two years and to renew WHO-IWGE activities.
The meeting was attended by representatives of endemic regions, with a wide range of areas of expertise and networks, who constitute the WHO-IWGE Steering Group (see Annex 1). Participants recommended that the WHO-IWGE take a problem-oriented, pragmatic approach to updating clinical and control procedures within the constraint of a tight budget and move cystic echinococcosis (CE) and alveolar echinococcosis (AE) into mainstream clinical medicine and public health, where appropriate with a One Health approach.
The Steering Group will initiate, coordinate and facilitate the activities of the wider group of CE and AE experts and seek additional advice from outside the field. The Group initiated thematic working groups on clinical CE, CE control, clinical AE and AE control. Experts in these fields will be invited to participate in the working groups to prepare as a first step concise technical manuals with immediate practical application to improve the quality of patient care and infection control.
The agenda of the meeting is shown in Annex 2 and the life cycle of echinococcosis and the points at which intervention is possible in Annex 3.