Neglected tropical diseases

Eliminating soil-transmitted helminthiases as a public health problem in children

Progress report 2001−2010 and strategic plan 2011−2020

Authors:
WHO/Department of control of neglected tropical diseases

Publication details

Editors: Dr A. Montresor/Soil-transmitted helminthiases
Number of pages: x; 78 p.
Publication date: June 2012
Languages: English
ISBN: ISBN 978 92 4 150 312 9
WHO reference number:
WHO/HTM/NTD/PCT/2012.4

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Overview

Soil-transmitted helminths are responsible for diseases that thrive where there is poverty and disadvantage. These parasites infect more than 2 billion people in more than 100 countries adversely affecting nutritional status and impairing cognitive processes; in conclusion they make it more difficult for infected populations to surmount poverty.

In 2001, the World Health Assembly, with Resolution 54.19, set the global target of treating at least 75% of children at-risk; in the first 10 years of implementation, the managers of control programmes worldwide made a great effort reaching almost one third of the children in need of treatment.

Global health has dramatically changed since 2001: the control of soil-transmitted helminthiases is now part of a comprehensive set of efforts to control neglected tropical diseases in which the preventive chemotherapy interventions for the different diseases are increasingly integrated and delivered as a package; in addition donations of drugs by partners have made this intervention even more cost-effective.

For the first time in history the elimination of soil-transmitted helminthiases as a public health problem is achievable: this document is intended to guide and coordinate the efforts of all the partners involved.

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