Neglected tropical diseases
30 September 2016 ¦ Geneva –– The World Health Organization has released data for 2015 showing 979 million people were treated for at least one neglected tropical disease in 2015 alone.
Considered as a monumental public health achievement, it involved reaching poor people both in marginalized rural areas as well as in underserved urban settings.
28 September 2016 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is collaborating with partners, stakeholders and agencies to ensure a continued supply of human and dog vaccines and rabies immunoglobulins to sustain global efforts to eliminate human rabies by 2030.
WHO is also closely following the potential benefits that convergent technology can bring to facilitate the delivery of vaccines and immunoglobulins to remote rabies endemic areas and regions.
27 September 2016 | Geneva ––The World Health Organization (WHO) and Gilead Sciences have signed a new agreement that allows the pharmaceutical company to donate medicines for the treatment of visceral leishmaniasis.
Under the new 5-year collaboration and until 2021, Gilead Sciences have also agreed to provide financial assistance for the expansion of leishmaniasis surveillance and control.
Visceral leishmaniasis is endemic in more than 80 countries worldwide.
22 September 2016 | Geneva | New Delhi | Beijing −− The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries to pilot innovative approaches to tackle continued transmission of leprosy.
Delegates attending the 19th International Leprosy Congress agreed to push for early detection, prevention and treatment and work to end the ongoing stigma associated with the disease.
The meeting took place in Beijing, People’s Republic of China from 19–21 September 2016.
6 September 2016 | Colombo, Sri Lanka −− Health ministers of WHO South-East Asia Region have reaffirmed their commitment to achieve time-bound targets to control, eliminate and eradicate neglected tropical diseases.
These diseases continue to affect marginalized populations and at least one neglected tropical disease is endemic in each country of the WHO South-East Asia Region.
22 August 2016 | Geneva −− The number of confirmed human cases of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) rises to 11 with 5 cases reported from Chad – the highest number so far from a single country endemic for the disease. Chad has also seen a significant increase in the number of dogs infected with the worm.
In South Sudan, surveillance activities have continued in almost all endemic villages despite safety concerns by the country’s Guinea-Worm Eradication Programme although the recent escalation of the conflict there remains a major concern.
in response to the conflict in Juba, August 2016
10 August 2016 | Geneva –– Over the past 15 years, WHO-supported national control programmes have substantially decreased new cases of human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) largely through the application of existing control tools.
To sustain progress, WHO is supporting the training of health officers in data analysis and mapping.
The aim is to expand knowledge on the management of information on the occurrence and geographical distribution of the disease.
Member of a mobile laboratory team proceeding with the puncture of lymph nodes for microscopic detection of trypanosomes
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
Neglected tropical diseases: unprecedented 979 million people treated in 2015 alone
Human rabies: better coordination and emerging technology to improve access to vaccines
WHO and Gilead Sciences extend collaboration against visceral leishmaniasis
WHO calls for robust global efforts to end transmission of leprosy infection
Neglected tropical diseases: progress towards addressing the chronic pandemic
Call for experts (Vector Control Advisory Group on new tools)
Professor Mohamed Mahroof Ismail
1931 – 2016
Dr Zuhair Hallaj, 1941–2016
Global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis: progress report, 2015
- Sri Lanka takes action towards a target of zero rabies death by 2020
- Rabies vaccine stockpile: fixing the supply chain
Responding to failed transmission assessment surveys. Report of an ad hoc meeting
One of the biggest challenges in the control of the Aedes Egypti mosquito is its adaptation and resilience. Watch Dr. Raman Velayudhan’s comments.
5th meeting of the WHO network for human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) elimination
WHO bi-regional training workshop on leishmaniasis surveillance using the DHIS2 online tool
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Orientation / Training Workshop
WHO Consultation on the determination of equivalence for public health pesticides