18 September 2017 | Geneva | New Delhi –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a modest increase in the number of new leprosy cases during 2016.
The increase – mainly linked to improved active case-finding and enhanced data collection – is part of a recently introduced 'consolidated' online reporting system. A total of 2810 additional cases were notified in 2016 compared with 2015.
13 September 2017 | Geneva –– A progressive increase in donated medicines for the preventive treatment of neglected tropical diseases requires careful planning to ensure that shipments arrive on time to enable accurate, on-schedule delivery.
Medicines which are donated through the World Health Organization have increased from 353 million tablets in 2009 to more than 1.7 billion in 2016.
is part of measures to control and eliminate dracunculiasis in Chad.
8 April 2017 | Brazaville | Geneva −− 6 September 2017 | Geneva −− Chad - the only country which has reported human cases of guinea-worm disease so far this year - has launched a national campaign to accelerate the prompt detection and containment of all cases. ‘Heroes of Guinea-worm campaign’ aims to speed up reporting of all humans and animals infected with Dracunculiasis medinensis (the Guinea worm).
From 1 January to 31 July 2017, all nine human cases have occurred in Chad.
31 July 2017 | Manila | Geneva -- The country joins Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Niue, the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Korea and Vanuatu in WHO's Western Pacific Region that have been validated as having achieved elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem since WHO launched the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis in 2000.
Lymphatic filariasis is a mosquito-borne disease that damages the lymphatic system, leading to severe disfigurement, pain and disability.
13 July 2017 | Geneva –– New data released by the World Health Organization show that more than 85 million people were given antibiotics for trachoma during 2016.
The increase, from 52 million in 2014, is largely attributed to expanded access to donated azithromycin.
Along with this increase, WHO also reports that the annual number of people undergoing trachoma-related eye surgery has nearly doubled over the past three years.
Planning, requesting medicines and reporting
Leprosy: improved reporting, active case-finding and enhanced data collection reveal hidden cases
Ensuring timely medicine supply and management key to large-scale treatment campaigns
Eradicating dracunculiasis: Chad intensifies national campaign as ninth human case is confirmed
Tonga eliminates lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem
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Most recent publications on PCT
Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–June 2017
Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Trachoma. Second Meeting Report
WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020: progress report on elimination of trachoma, 2014–2016
Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–April 2017