Neglected tropical diseases

Experts call for strong leadership to control vector-borne diseases worldwide

Prof. P. Holmes, University of Glasgow and Dr M. Chan, Director-General of WHO

8 April 2014 | Geneva

A panel discussion has called on the World Health Organization to provide strong leadership for the control of vector-borne diseases worldwide.

Resistance to insecticides is one of the greatest challenges we face today.

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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10 April 2014 | Geneva
Buruli ulcer is a chronic debilitating skin and soft tissue infection that can lead to permanent disfigurement and disability. Manuals can now guide healthcare workers to improve the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Early detection can greatly minimize and prevent disability.

04 April 2014 | Geneva
The International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication (ICCDE) reports on success achieved. The need for greater advocacy and free access to endemic areas remain crucial to achieve eradication.