Neglected tropical diseases
18 April 2018 | Geneva −− An important meeting of national programme coordinators and stakeholders, which begins today at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to further strengthen activities to achieve the elimination of human African trypanosomiasis as public health problem by 2020.
12 April 2018 | Geneva –– He had a passion to serve; was a true humanitarian, a dedicated professional who cared for his patients and above all – a loving father and husband.
These are words that honoured the memory of Dr Carlo Urbani, who died at the age of 46 while serving the Organization on active duty at the start of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic on 29 March 2003.
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.
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.
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.
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"Collaborate. Accelerate. Eliminate"
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