Neglected tropical diseases

WHO launches global strategy for prevention and control of snanebite 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.

WHO launches global consultations for a new Roadmap on neglected tropical diseases

09 April 2019 | Geneva -- WHO is inviting proposals and views in developing its new roadmap for the control, elimination and eradication of neglected tropical diseases.

This public consultation will identify priority activities and strategic approaches for the next decade and set public-health milestones and goals to be achieved for each NTD by 2023, 2025 and 2030.

Those wishing to contribute must submit their proposals by close of business on 17 April 2019.

WHO: upgrading skills of field staff to achieve the triple billion

29 March 2019 | New Delhi | Geneva −− A second training workshop aimed at upgrading the technical, operational and managerial skills of WHO staff in country offices ended today in New Delhi, India. Participants from six of the 11 Member States of WHO’s South-East Asia Region attended the workshop aimed at enhancing the implementation of NTD programmes. This WHO Region which houses almost two billion people has the highest NTD burden in terms of population requiring health interventions.

Somalia: rehabilitating public health services and enhancing treatment coverage for leprosy

27 March 2019 | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting Somalia to revive its leprosy elimination programme after years of conflict that disrupted the country’s entire public health system.

Almost 5000 new cases of leprosy have been detected during the past four years, with case numbers increasing substantially from 107 in 2015 to 2610 in 2018.

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WHO personnel examining a leprosy patient at a clinic in Mogadishu, Somalia

Promoting an integrated approach to enhance detection of neglected tropical diseases of the skin

15 March 2019 | Geneva -- WHO is convening an important global meeting to promote an integrated approach to address neglected tropical diseases of the skin.
These so-called ‘skin NTDs’ manifest as changes in the skin. Awareness of the disease and the importance of early medical treatment are essential.
The theme of the meeting is Enhancing detection of skin NTDs through integration. It will be held on 25–27 March at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.