Neglected tropical diseases

WHO announces new recommendations for rabies immunization

15 January 2018 | Geneva –– New recommendations for rabies immunization that are cost,-dose-and time-sparing have been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

These safe and efficacious recommendations are based on new evidence that arise from public health needs and supersede previous ones published in 2010. The new recommendations also provide guidance on the prudent use of rabies immunoglobulins.

Rabies vaccines from inactivated cell cultures are well tolerated, with no contraindications.

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Thailand uses integrated ecosystems health approach to beat cancer-causing disease

15 December 2017 | Geneva -- A popular traditional dish consisting mainly of raw fish can be the cause of a high prevalence of liver cancer in rural Thailand.

The infection is caused by parasites that live in the bile duct.

The Thai authorities are using a model approach to create more knowledge and awareness among rural populations.

The results are astounding.

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Chengdu Declaration on cestode infections calls for global collaboration into research and control

13 December 2017 | Chengdu | Geneva –– Countries with high prevalence of cestode infections are to set up a network of global cooperation and capacity building to accelerate their control.
These poverty-related parasitic infections are widely prevalent among subsistence farmers.

The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative can offer an ideal platform to accelerate control of these diseases through projected development of rural areas, contributing to economic gains and poverty reduction.

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Schistosomiasis: WHO reports substantial treatment progress for school-age children

8 December 2017 | Geneva –– Countries endemic for schistosomiasis (bilharzia) have substantially scaled-up treatment of school-age children.
Data for 2016 published by the World Health Organization (WHO) show almost 71 million school children were treated, with 12 countries in Africa achieving 75% coverage.
The focus now is to extend treatment to adults, particularly women.
It is estimated that between 20 – 56 million young and adult women suffer from female genital schistosomiasis (FGS).

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Guinea-worm disease: International Certification Team evaluates Kenya’s elimination claim

6 December 2017 | Geneva | Nairobi –– An International Certification Team (ICT) is currently in Kenya to assess the elimination of dracunculiasis (commonly known as guinea-worm disease) in the country. The team, led by Dr Joel Breman – a veteran epidemiologist and global health expert – comprises local and international experts.

The evaluation mission will last 2 weeks during which time sub-teams will examine documented details of past cases and rumours in various regions of the country.


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.


"10 years of achievements"
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