Neglected tropical diseases
20 April 2016 | Geneva -- WHO has called for accelerated efforts and stronger commitments to stop the transmission of leprosy and do away with associated discrimination and stigma.
A new global leprosy strategy Accelerating towards a leprosy-free-world launched today builds on the principle of inclusivity and focuses on early detection of cases with improved access to health care coverage for marginalized populations.
A young girl with a classic leprosy rash undergoing treatment in the very early stages of infection
16 April 2016 | Geneva −− Novel medicines, better diagnostic tools and improved vector control methods are need to achieve enhanced surveillance of the gambiense form of sleeping sickness (human African trypanosomiasis) amid record low levels of cases recorded in 2015.
The World Health Organization targets the elimination of this commonest form of the disease as a 'public health problem' by 2020.
Novel medicines and diagnostic tools: crucial to eliminating sleeping sickness
30 March 2016 | Geneva −− The International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication (ICCDE) has acknowledged the unprecedented decline in the number of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) cases as a ‘major public health achievement’.
In 2015, only 22 human cases, representing a remarkable 83% reduction, were reported to WHO, compared with 126 in 2014.
The Commission fully supported focused research aimed at resolving infections occurring in animals, particularly among dogs.
WHO team during surveillance mission in a village, South Sudan.
WHO Vector Control Advisory Group recommendations for emergency response and preparedness for Zika virus
18 March 2016 | Geneva −− Following the outbreak of Zika virus disease in many parts of the world, the WHO Advisory Group on Vector Control (VCAG) held an extraordinary meeting on 14−15 March in Geneva, Switzerland to review five potential vector control tools and existing tools.
14 March 2016 | Geneva –– A two-day emergency meeting of the Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) is discussing the use of new vector control tools.
The meeting also groups together innovators who are scheduled to provide evidence gathered from diverse conditions.
A position statement is expected at the end of the meeting.
16 February 2016 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to implement WHO recommendations on treating all peoples affected by schistosomiasis (bilharzia), beyond the traditional target of treating only school-age children.
Scaled up interventions have significantly improved global coverage of treatment among school-children and other at-risk groups.
10 February 2016 | Geneva −− An estimated 270 million children across India received deworming medicine (albendazole) during the second National Deworming Day.
Nearly 900 000 people, including teachers, school principals and health workers, participated in what's considered to be the world's largest public health campaign.
Child ingesting albendazole tablet at a school in Telangana, 10 February 2016
05 February 2016 | Geneva −− A new diagnostic test enabling countries to determine when to stop large-scale treatment of populations to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis) is now available.
The Filariasis Test Strip is a new point-of-care rapid diagnostic test and around 750 000 are expected to be distributed in more than 20 countries in 2016.
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99%of people infected live mostly in rural areas of 31 African countries.Fact sheet on onchocerciasis
8 millionpeople estimated to be infected worldwide, mostly in Latin America.Fact sheet on Chagas disease
22 casesoccurred in 2015 in only 4 countries in Africa.Fact sheet on guinea-worm disease
WHO launches new global strategy seeking accelerated efforts to end leprosy
Lowest caseload recorded as the world prepares to defeat sleeping sickness
STATEMENT –– 11th meeting of the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication
Mosquito (vector) control emergency response and preparedness for Zika virus
- Generic framework for control, elimination and eradication of neglected tropical diseases
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Guidelines for stopping mass drug administration and verifying elimination of human onchocerciasis
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20th Annual Meeting of the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020
Informal meeting with Ministers of Health of guinea-worm affected countries