Neglected tropical diseases

Deworming: every girl and every woman has the right to be treated

2 February 2018 | Geneva –– Nutrition and maternal health experts strongly favour the deworming of girls and women of reproductive age who are infected with soil-transmitted helminthiases (intestinal worms).

Approximately 688 million girls and women live in areas of more than 100 countries which are endemic for intestinal worms.

The call from the experts comes after they recently endorsed the 'Bellagio Declaration'.


Yaws eradication: global experts meet after signature of medicine donation agreement

29 january 2018 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is hosting meeting to discuss surveillance, monitoring and evaluation as it prepares the first phase of a renewed global campaign to eradicate yaws.

The meeting follows the recent agreement between WHO and the Brazilian pharmaceutical company EMS for the donation of 150 million tablets of azithromycin - an oral antibiotic - that cures the disease. Yaws mainly affects children who live in poor, rural communities.

©Lam Duc Hien. Children queuing during a Yaws campaign in Vanuatu, 2016

Leprosy: world focused on ending transmission among children

26 January 2018 |Geneva| New Delhi –– Despite the availability of free medicines, diagnostics and strong political support the transmission of leprosy infection is continuing.

On World Leprosy Day, the World Health Organization has called on countries, partners and the global community to focus on achieving zero child infection by 2020.

In 2016, nine out of every 100 new infections involved children.

Mothers attending leprosy awareness campaign on recognizing early symptoms and about the importance of early detection and treatment.
©The Nippon Foundation

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.

© Huzzatul Mursalin

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.

©Hugh Derr

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.

©Sheng Li/Reuters

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