9th meeting of the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication (ICCDE)
Date: 3–5 December 2013
Venue: WHO HQ, Geneva Room M.505
The commission will examine claims by countries of achieving a dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease) free status and recommend to the Director-General, WHO on whether they can be certified free of Dracunculiasis. So far 192 countries, territories and areas have been certified as dracunculiasis free. This year requests from Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia and South Africa will be examined.
Workshop on Surveillance and Control of Rabies
Date: 03–14 December 2013
Venue: Dakar, Senegal
The course will provide a practical training on rabies with a special focus on Africa for students and professionals of animal and human public health sectors and emphasize the need of multidisciplinary approach and intersectoral cooperation. More details
Strategic and technical consultation on investment and impact in the control of neglected tropical diseases
Date: 16–17 December 2013
Venue: HQ, Room 405
The meeting will discuss latest evidence on NTD investment and impact as well as provide input for the forthcoming WHO report on NTD control. A proposal to develop the establishment of a Working Group on NTD control and impact will also be discussed. Participants include representatives from Member States, UN Agencies, partners and non-governmental organizations.
2nd Working Group on Capacity Strengthening
Date: 09–10 January 2013
Venue: WHO/HQ, Geneva
Discussion will focus on how to strengthen the capacity of national control programmes to accelerate scale-up of existing interventions towards meeting NTD Roadmap targets.
The Preventive Chemotherapy and Transmission Control (PCT) unit of the Department has 4 meetings scheduled at WHO HQ from 17–21 February 2014. They are as follows:
17 February 2014
The meeting will discuss the epidemiology of soil-transmitted helminthiases and advances on the use of historical data for mapping and development of mathematical models predicting changes during control activities.
18 February 2014
Discussions of the 5th Meeting of NTD-Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) Expanded Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation of Preventive Chemotherapy will focus on monitoring drug efficacy.
19 & 20 February 2014
The 5th meeting of NTD-STAG Expanded Working Group on Monitoring and Evaluation of Preventive Chemotherapy will discuss national programme needs and disease-specific indicators.
21 February 2014
The 5th Technical Review meeting of Preventive Chemotherapy Data will discuss how to improve data sharing and harmonization of reporting of epidemiological nature.
Consultation on Yaws Eradication
Date: 24–25 March 2013
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland
The meeting will review progress made in 2013 in Ghana, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. It will also discuss scale-up of eradication activities in 2014.
World Health Day 2014 – Vector-borne diseases
Date: 7 April 2014
Vectors are organisms that transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person (or animal) to another, causing serious diseases in human populations. Vector-borne diseases account for 17% of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases. The most deadly vector-borne disease, malaria, caused an estimated 660 000 deaths in 2010. For more information: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2014/about-diseases/en/index.html