Neglected tropical diseases

Dracunculiasis eradication: South Sudan claims interruption of transmission in humans

21 March 2018 | Geneva | Atlanta–– South Sudan has announced success in interrupting transmission of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) in humans – more than 12 years after becoming the last country to implement the global dracunculiasis eradication programme.

The Carter Center, WHO’s main partner in dracunculiasis eradication efforts, has led activities to eradicate the disease since 1986, along with the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr Riek Gai Kok, Minister of Health, announcing end of transmission of Guinea-worm disease in South Sudan

Egypt: first country in Eastern Mediterranean region to eliminate lymphatic filariasis

12 March 2018 | Cairo | Geneva –– Egypt has become the first country in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the latest in the world to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) as a public health problem.

The country joins ten others already validated by WHO as achieving this criteria.

The landmark achievement brings prospects of hope and improved health to future generations of Egyptians.

Eradicating dracunculiasis: WHO certifies Kenya as South Sudan and Mali continue to report zero human cases

2 March 2018 | Geneva -- WHO has certified Kenya free of dracunculiasis transmission – a milestone dedicated to decades of hard work by health workers and volunteers.

Kenya becomes the 187th WHO Member state free of this disease since the eradication campaign started in the 1980s.

WHO has also congratulated Mali and South Sudan for continuing to report zero human cases. In 2017, there were only 30 human cases reported – 15 each from Chad and Ethiopia.

©WHO/Farah Agua

Eliminating dog-mediated human rabies: Karachi determined to overcome a public health hazard

26 February 2018 | Karachi | Geneva –– A pilot project to vaccinate dogs was recently launched in Ibrahim Hyderi - a town in the neighbourhood of Karachi, Pakistan. The town has one of the highest rates of dog bites, with more than 150 cases daily.

The project – Rabies Free Karachi – aims at the humane treatment of dogs by vaccinating them to prevent transmission of the disease to humans and is supported by the local authorities and WHO.

©WHO/Donated container, improvised as operating theatre for the pilot project Rabies Free Karachi

Deworming: every girl and every woman has the right to be treated

2 February 2018 | Geneva –– Nutrition and maternal health experts strongly favour the deworming of girls and women of reproductive age who are infected with soil-transmitted helminthiases (intestinal worms).

Approximately 688 million girls and women live in areas of more than 100 countries which are endemic for intestinal worms.

The call from the experts comes after they recently endorsed the 'Bellagio Declaration'.


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

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.

©Lam Duc Hien. Children queuing during a Yaws campaign in Vanuatu, 2016

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