Neglected tropical diseases

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.

Recognizing neglected skin diseases: WHO publishes pictorial training guide

8 June 2018 | Geneva -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a training guide that aims to make it easier for health workers to identify the signs and symptoms of neglected tropical diseases of the skin and other common skin conditions through their visible characteristics.

Skin diseases are among the most common of all human health afflictions and affect almost 900 million people in the world at any time. Five common conditions account for over 80% of all skin diseases.

The world gears-up to eliminate sleeping sickness by 2020

Doctors test for sleeping sickness in a remote Congolese village.
©Neil Brandvold

18 April 2018 | Geneva −− An important meeting of national programme coordinators and stakeholders, which begins today at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to further strengthen activities to achieve the elimination of human African trypanosomiasis as public health problem by 2020.

Yaws: strict compliance with WHO’s Morges strategy critical to achieve eradication

© WHO Vanuatu

13 February 2018 | Geneva --The WHO Morges Strategy to eradicate yaws recommends large-scale treatment of at risk and infected individuals with oral azithromycin to accelerate the interruption of yaws transmission.

Any proven persistent cases found after azithromycin treatment should be reviewed and treated with benzathine benzylpenicillin injection.

Yaws eradication: global experts meet after signature of medicine donation agreement

©WHO Vanuatu. Children queuing during a Yaws campaign in Vanuatu, 2016

29 January 2018 |Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is hosting meeting to discuss surveillance, monitoring and evaluation as it prepares the first phase of a renewed global campaign to eradicate yaws.

The meeting follows the recent agreement between WHO and the Brazilian pharmaceutical company EMS for the donation of 150 million tablets of azithromycin - an oral antibiotic - that cures the disease. Yaws mainly affects children who live in poor, rural communities.