Neglected tropical diseases

Phase II of WHO's global consultations for new Roadmap on neglected tropical diseases

11 July 2019 | Geneva -- The second phase of proposals and views in developing a new WHO roadmap for the control, elimination and eradication of neglected tropical diseases has started.

The first phase of feedback collected was presented to WHO's Strategic and Technical Advisory Group (STAG-NTD) in April.

A revised document with proposed milestones is now ready for further consultation and countries, implementing partners, donors and stakeholders are invited to provide feedback.

A young boy's eyes are examined for signs of trachoma during a Tropical Data Training, Senegal 2017

Eliminating trachoma: WHO announces sustained progress with hundreds of millions of people no longer at risk of infection

27 June 2019 | Maputo | Geneva -- The number of people at risk of trachoma – the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness – has fallen from 1.5 billion in 2002 to just over 142 million in 2019, a 91%'s reduction.
New data presented today at the 22nd meeting of the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020 (GET2020) also show that the number of people requiring surgery for trachomatous trichiasis – the late, blinding stage of trachoma – has dropped from 7.6 million in 2002 to 2.5 million in 2019, a reduction of 68%.

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Visceral leishmaniasis elimination: intensifying surveillance to overcome last-mile challenges in Nepal

29 May 2019 | Kathmandu | Geneva −− Nepal has revised its national guidelines and intensified national surveillance in a concerted effort to overcome last-mile challenges to eliminate visceral leishmaniasis (also known as kala-azar) as a public health problem.

Although decades-long control and prevention activities have yielded huge gains against this lethal form of the disease, new cases have recently emerged in the hilly areas and districts of the Kathmandu valley.

World Chagas Disease Day - opportunity to collectively celebrate all neglected tropical diseases

24 May 2019 | Geneva -- Delegates attending the 72nd World Health Assembly have approved a proposal that will henceforth designate 14 of April as 'World Chagas Disease Day'.

Raising awareness and the profile of this ‘silent disease’ - which is often diagnosed in late stages – is key to early treatment and cure.

Celebrating World Chagas Day on 14 April will provide this unique opportunity to add a global voice in favour of ‘forgotten diseases’.

WHO launches global strategy for prevention and control of snakebite envenoming

23 May 2019 | Geneva --The World Health Organization (WHO) today launched its comprehensive strategy for the prevention and control of snakebite envenoming.
An executive Summary was made public earlier this month.
The strategy aims to halve the number of deaths and cases of permanent disability caused by snakebites each year by 2030.
An estimated 81 000 - 138 000 people die annually after being bitten by venomous snakes. More than 400 000 are disabled.

Increasing animal vaccines adoption to address livestock losses and boost control of zoonotic diseases

24 April 2019 | Geneva -- Vaccines can effectively prevent diseases in livestock populations and prevent economic losses to thousands of smallholder farmers of Africa, Asia and Latin America who depend on them for their livelihood.

A recent publication outlines strategies that can encourage adoption of animal vaccines by these farmers . It also highlights the important role innovation and the private sector can play to addressing these diseases.