South Sudan intensifies measures against visceral leishmaniasis to improve health and social well-being of affected populations

22 November 2018 | Juba −− The Ministry of Health, WHO and partners, concluded a two-day consultative meeting to review the implementation of the Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) control activities in South Sudan for the past seven years (2011 to 2018).

The objective of the meeting was to review the implementation of the VL control activities from 2011 to 2018; discuss the lessons learned and reporting formats as well as reporting on drug consumption at health facility level on monthly basis especially AmBisome.

The leishmaniases: timeline of facts and the formidable quest for disease control

5 July 2018 | Geneva –– The many forms of leishmaniasis continue to expand and affect millions of people, mostly the world’s most vulnerable populations.

To better understand the disease, it is important to learn about how it evolved over centuries.

A peek into its history with an interactive timeline comprising 105 short stories can provide some inspiring moments.

Community-driven programme is key to defeating visceral leishmaniasis in Bangladesh


4 December 2017 | Dhaka | Geneva −−Bangladesh is close to eliminating visceral leishmaniasis as a public health problem by 2020, with only 159 new cases in 2016, compared with more than 9 600 in 2006. The spectacular achievement is the result of a combination of factors: strong community engagement, a motivated workforce, availability of medicine, easy-to-use diagnostics and an integrated vector control programme.

A recent monitoring mission evaluated the national programme’s overall impact.

Neglected tropical diseases course now accessible via eLearning

03 August 2017 | Geneva –– The first free, on-line course on a neglected tropical disease is now available to the public.

The course on post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) aims to help health workers and field practitioners recognize this form of the disease which is often misdiagnosed. Anyone completing the course with a minimum score of 70% will be awarded a certificate.

WHO responds to visceral leishmaniasis outbreak in Kenya

©Postigo Ruiz J./WHO. Child affected by kala-azar in Marsabit
county hospital, June 2017

26 June 2017 | Geneva | Nairobi ––The World Health Organization (WHO) has dispatched medical supplies to Kenya in response to an outbreak of visceral leishmaniasis in Marsabit County, with a population of over 290 000.

According to local media, four people have died as a result of this outbreak.


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