Neglected tropical diseases

"Working to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases" receives highly commended British Medical Association Award.

16 September 2011 | Geneva

Front cover of the First report on neglected tropical diseases launched on 14 October 2010

The 1st WHO report on neglected tropical diseases, entitled "Working to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases" has received a highly commended award in the public health category at the 2011 book competition of the British Medical Association (BMA).

Launched by the Director-General on 14 October 2010, "Working to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases" profiles 17 medically diverse diseases.

These ancient diseases commonly termed as the "close 'companions of poverty' flourish in impoverished environments and thrive best in tropical areas, where they tend to co-exist.

Neglected tropical diseases are endemic in 149 countries and territories where they affect more than a billion people. These diseases, most of which are preventable, cause long-term infections, blindness, disfiguring scars and ulcers. They inflict severe pain, trigger limb deformities and often result in impaired mental and physical development with severe economic and social consequences.

This year's 1st prize in BMA's Public Health category went to WHO's publication entitled 'Equity, Social Determinants and Public Health Programmes'.

Another WHO publication, Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 4th Edition won first prize in BMA's Obstetrics and Gynaecology category.

The British Medical Journal receives hundreds of entries for its competition. The awards are held annually and aim to encourage and reward excellence in medical publishing. All entries are individually reviewed and appraised by doctors and educators. Reviewers of selected books are asked to consider accuracy, originality, book production quality and whether the title meets the needs of its audience. Prizes are given to 21 categories.

This time the BMA Medical Book of the Year for 2011 went to the publication entitled 'Adult Nuero-genesis 2: Stem Cells and Neuronal Development in the Adult Brain' by Gerd Kempermann.

The ceremony took place at BMA House in London, UK on 14 September 2011.