Neglected tropical diseases

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.

Cameroon investigates yaws outbreak among indigenous populations

© Earnest Njih Tablah

21 July 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is providing financial support, medicine, technical and logistical assistance to Cameroon to contain an outbreak of yaws among its tribal population in the country's east region.

Hundreds of people and household contacts have already been treated as medical teams continue to find cases in order to prevent the disease spreading to neighboring areas.

WHO responds to visceral leishmaniasis outbreak in Kenya

©Postigo Ruiz J./WHO. Child affected by kala-azar in Marsabit
county hospital, June 2017

26 June 2017 | Geneva | Nairobi ––The World Health Organization (WHO) has dispatched medical supplies to Kenya in response to an outbreak of visceral leishmaniasis in Marsabit County, with a population of over 290 000.

According to local media, four people have died as a result of this outbreak.