Neglected tropical diseases

Yaws: strict compliance with WHO’s Morges strategy critical to achieve eradication

© WHO Vanuatu

13 February 2018 | Geneva --The WHO Morges Strategy to eradicate yaws recommends large-scale treatment of at risk and infected individuals with oral azithromycin to accelerate the interruption of yaws transmission.

Any proven persistent cases found after azithromycin treatment should be reviewed and treated with benzathine benzylpenicillin injection.

Yaws eradication: global experts meet after signature of medicine donation agreement

©WHO Vanuatu. Children queuing during a Yaws campaign in Vanuatu, 2016

29 January 2018 |Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is hosting meeting to discuss surveillance, monitoring and evaluation as it prepares the first phase of a renewed global campaign to eradicate yaws.

The meeting follows the recent agreement between WHO and the Brazilian pharmaceutical company EMS for the donation of 150 million tablets of azithromycin - an oral antibiotic - that cures the disease. Yaws mainly affects children who live in poor, rural communities.

Community-driven programme is key to defeating visceral leishmaniasis in Bangladesh


4 December 2017 | Dhaka | Geneva −−Bangladesh is close to eliminating visceral leishmaniasis as a public health problem by 2020, with only 159 new cases in 2016, compared with more than 9 600 in 2006.

The spectacular achievement is the result of a combination of factors: strong community engagement, a motivated workforce, availability of medicine, easy-to-use diagnostics and an integrated vector control programme.

A recent monitoring mission evaluated the national programme’s overall impact.

WHO and Mundo Sano Foundation to facilitate access to paediatric treatment of Chagas disease

8 November 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Mundo Sano Foundation are working together to make an essential antiparasitic medicine for the treatment of Chagas disease widely accessible to children.
Treatment with benznidazole in the early stages of infection can cure Chagas disease.
Unfortunately, few people are currently able to access diagnosis and treatment services.

Neglected tropical diseases course now accessible via eLearning

03 August 2017 | Geneva –– The first free, on-line course on a neglected tropical disease is now available to the public.

The course on post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) aims to help health workers and field practitioners recognize this form of the disease which is often misdiagnosed. Anyone completing the course with a minimum score of 70% will be awarded a certificate.