Neglected tropical diseases

Simple test promises early diagnosis of debilitating skin disease

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Diagnosis of Buruli Ulcer using TLC method to detect mycolactone
Yellow circle: Standard mycolactone A/B; Red circle: Mycolactone A/B from human tissue

31 July 2014 | Geneva

Reseachers have developed a rapid diagnostic test using thin-layer chromatography to detect mycolactone, the toxin that causes tissue damage in Buruli ulcer. They were able to read the results within one hour.

The test has the potential to become an important tool for field workers to detect Buruli ulcer in its early stages and initiate appropriate treatment, using WHO-recommended combination of antibiotics.

World Health Assembly adopts resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases

27 May 2013 | Geneva
Member States call for more focus on the growing threat and spread of dengue
The World Health Assembly today adopted resolution WHA66.12 on all 17 neglected tropical diseases.

Many countries called on WHO to focus more on the growing threat and expansion of dengue and support the scale-up of vector control activities.

Representatives from 32 countries and six speakers from nongovernmental organizations took part in the deliberations.

New phase in fight against NTDs heralds universal access to health interventions for world’s poorest

Sustained commitment key to reaching eradication and elimination targets by 2020
16 January 2013 | Geneva

The World Health Organization’s second report on neglected tropical diseases published today highlights unprecedented progress during the past two years.
Renewed momentum has shifted the world closer to eliminating many of these conditions that take their greatest toll among the poor, thanks to a new global strategy, a regular supply of quality-assured, cost-effective medicines and support from global partners. | More

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