Neglected tropical diseases

Eliminating dog-mediated human rabies: Karachi determined to overcome a public health hazard

©WHO/Donated container, improvised as operating theatre for the
pilot project Rabies Free Karachi

26 February 2018 | Karachi | Geneva –– A pilot project to vaccinate dogs was recently launched in Ibrahim Hyderi - a town in the neighbourhood of Karachi, Pakistan. The town has one of the highest rates of dog bites, with more than 150 cases daily.

The project – Rabies Free Karachi – aims at the humane treatment of dogs by vaccinating them to prevent transmission of the disease to humans and is supported by the local authorities and WHO.

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

14 February 2018 | Geneva –– A new initiative gets underway to discuss the possibility of developing innovative solutions that can address the problems associated with snakebite envenoming.

The interdisciplinary event, to be held in Leiden, The Netherlands on 21 and 22 June 2018, aims to raise attention for this devastating, neglected tropical disease and ignite solutions and international action on snakebite prevention and treatment.

Epilepsy due to pork tapeworm: a serious public health problem in the United Republic of Tanzania

13 February 2018 | Geneva –– Studies on human and porcine cysticercosis have long suspected that epilepsy due to infection with Taenia solium (pork tapeworm) is widespread in the United Republic of Tanzania. A recently published paper1 has estimated the social cost and burden of T. solium infection, providing a clearer picture of the problem.

WHO Executive Board recommends resolution on snakebite envenoming to World Health Assembly

26 January 2018 | Geneva –– The 142nd session of the World Health Organization’s Executive Board has recommended a resolution on snakebite envenoming to the 71st World Health Assembly.

The draft resolution calls on countries to take definitive steps to stop the death, disability and suffering that snakebite inflicts on many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

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.