WHO to implement online epidemiological surveillance for leishmaniasis

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21 June 2016 | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the use of a new data system to ensure the accurate, sustained flow of information for leishmaniasis. An improved dissemination and understanding of the problem posed by all forms of the disease can greatly help control programmes and allow countries to improve their surveillance systems.

Data from 25 countries with high disease prevalence show an estimated 399 million people are at risk of cutaneous leishmaniasis in 11 countries, while 556 million are exposed to visceral leishmaniasis 12 countries.

WHO aims to improve access to antileishmanial medicines in affected countries

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2 June 2016 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to harmonize the forecasting, procurement and delivery of quality-assured antileishmanial medicines to affected countries.

Currently, partners and stakeholders who work in collaboration with WHO plan their procurement, storage and distribution independently.

A first Stakeholders Meeting recently held in Geneva agreed that a common platform can greatly improve coordination, planning, monitoring and quality of medicines.

South-East Asia poised to defeat visceral leishmaniasis (kala-azar)

19 October 2015 | Geneva −− Three countries of WHO’s South-East Asia Region – Bangladesh, India and Nepal – are poised to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis (kala-azar) as a public health problem.

The number of cases has reduced by 53%, from a high of 182 000 cases during 2005–2008 to 85 000 cases during 2011–2014.

The 10 209 new cases reported in 2014 represents a 75% decrease from 2005 when the Kala-Azar Elimination Programme was launched.


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Leishmaniasis Control Programme

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