Neglected tropical diseases

WHO announces new recommendations for rabies immunization

© Huzzatul Mursalin

15 January 2018 | Geneva –– New recommendations for rabies immunization that are cost,-dose-and time-sparing have been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

These safe and efficacious recommendations are based on new evidence that arise from public health needs and supersede previous ones published in 2010. The new recommendations also provide guidance on the prudent use of rabies immunoglobulins.

Rabies vaccines from inactivated cell cultures are well tolerated, with no contraindications.

Thailand uses integrated ecosystems health approach to beat cancer-causing disease

©Hugh Derr

15 December 2017 | Geneva -- A popular traditional dish consisting mainly of raw fish can be the cause of a high prevalence of liver cancer in rural Thailand.

The infection is caused by parasites that live in the bile duct.

The Thai authorities are using a model approach to create more knowledge and awareness among rural populations.

The results are astounding.

Chengdu Declaration on cestode infections calls for global collaboration into research and control

©Sheng Li/Reuters

13 December 2017 | Chengdu | Geneva –– Countries with high prevalence of cestode infections are to set up a network of global cooperation and capacity building to accelerate their control.

These poverty-related parasitic infections are widely prevalent among subsistence farmers.

The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative can offer an ideal platform to accelerate control of these diseases through projected development of rural areas, contributing to economic gains and poverty reduction.

Target product profiles for the diagnosis of Taenia solium published

09 October 2017| Geneva −− New target product profiles for the diagnosis of T. solium have been produced.

The process began in December 2015 with a WHO stakeholders meeting. It was followed by an expert consultation involving stakeholders from all regions.

Towards a rabies-free world as unparalleled global initiative gets underway

© WHO/AM Labouche

28 September 2017 | Geneva –– World Rabies Day 2017 marks the announcement of the biggest global anti-rabies initiative.

Today, the World Health Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control will reveal an ambitious plan to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.

Combating echinococcosis in China

Ultrasound examination for echinococcosis in Siqu (China)
© Tian Tian / Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

21 September 2017 | Geneva –– China has intensified its national programme for the control of echinococcosis through community focused interventions where more people are being examined through ultrasound.

Echinococcosis is a parasitic disease. The two main types are: cystic and alveolar echinococcosis. Infection is acquired through ingestion of parasite eggs in contaminated food, water or soil, or through direct contact with animal hosts.