Neglected tropical diseases

New Technical Report Series on the Control of Leishmaniasis

15 March 10 | Geneva

Leishmaniasis Expert Committee Meeting, WHO-HQ Geneva 2010

A new edition of a WHO book - 'Technical Report Series on the Control of Leishmaniasis' - will soon be available. The current edition dates back to the early 1990s.

During its meeting between 22-26 March 2010 at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, the Expert Committee on Leishmaniasis approved a new version of the book which features new therapy recommendations, the use of rapid diagnostic tests, details of Leishmania-HIV co-infection and social and environmental risk factors.

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… this is very important because in the last 20 years there [have been] important progress in research .. now we have the tools … now we have the concept … and with the Expert Committee, what we have now is the political umbrella plus the Resolution of the World Health Assembly [to combat] leishmaniasis, … mainly diagnostics and treatment … "

Dr Jorge Alvar, Medical Officer, WHO Leishmaniasis programme, Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, Geneva, Switzerland.

The Expert Committee on Leishmaniasis which met for the first time in 20 years also recommended measures to:

  • Create conditions to enable WHO to take a leading role in providing technical assistance for the maintenance and expansion of Leishmaniasis control programmes;
  • Encourage endemic countries to adopt a policy of Integrated Vector Management and make maximum use of insecticides in vector control;
  • Improve access and reduce costs of diagnostics, drugs, insecticide and bed-nets;
  • Encourage research to enable countries adopt policies based on drug-combinations
  • Designate leishmaniasis as a disease that should be notified in all endemic countries and integrate its surveillance into multi-disease surveillance systems.

See the current Technical Report Series (TRS 793) on the Control of Leishmaniasis
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