Neglected tropical diseases

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

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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'.

Leprosy: world focused on ending transmission among children

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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.

Joint Application Package with improved functionality

11 December 2017 | Geneva –– The NTD Department has launched a new version of its Joint Application Package (JAP) for preventive chemotherapy (PC).

This version offers improved functionalities, such as customization to generate forms for specific diseases, automated data validation, analytic component which help to generate country profiles, based on reported data for endemic diseases and many others.

Schistosomiasis: WHO reports substantial treatment progress for school-age children

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8 December 2017 | Geneva –– Countries endemic for schistosomiasis (bilharzia) have substantially scaled-up treatment of school-age children.
Data for 2016 published by the World Health Organization (WHO) show almost 71 million school children were treated, with 12 countries in Africa achieving 75% coverage.
The focus now is to extend treatment to adults, particularly women.
It is estimated that between 20 – 56 million young and adult women suffer from female genital schistosomiasis (FGS).

Guinea-worm disease: International Certification Team evaluates Kenya’s elimination claim

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6 December 2017 | Geneva | Nairobi –– An International Certification Team (ICT) is currently in Kenya to assess the elimination of dracunculiasis (commonly known as guinea-worm disease) in the country. The team, led by Dr Joel Breman – a veteran epidemiologist and global health expert – comprises local and international experts.

The evaluation mission will last 2 weeks during which time sub-teams will examine documented details of past cases and rumours in various regions of the country.