Neglected tropical diseases

Global conference calls for action to prevent suffering and disability from mycetoma

Khartoum | Cairo | Geneva | 15 February 2019 -- Delegates attending the Sixth International Conference on Mycetoma in Khartoum, Sudan have endorsed a “Call for action” urging the global community to work together with multilateral agencies, partners, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies to address the devastating consequences of this disease.
Reaching people in these underserved areas is crucial to achieving the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The disease commonly affects the legs and arms, causing intense suffering, loss of function and impaired ability to work to earn a living.

Despite civil unrest, almost half a million Yemenis treated for onchocerciasis

14 February 2019 | Geneva |Cairo | Sana’a −− Health-care workers in Yemen have defied the odds and distributed medicines to people at risk of onchocerciasis through a large-scale treatment campaign in 33 districts of the country’s eight governorates.
The three-day campaign, on 28–31 January 2019, was led by the Yemen Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the support of the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) and financial assistance from various sources.

Taha Al - Mahbashi
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African leaders to review their countries’ progress in tackling neglected tropical diseases

9 February 2019 | Geneva -- For the second time, African Heads of State will be reviewing how well their countries are performing against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).While attending the 32nd meeting of the African Union in Ethiopia on Sunday the leaders will look at an index developed by WHO.

The data show immense progress – but with sustained political commitment and domestic financing the drive towards eliminating these diseases of poverty can be accelerated.

Developing surveillance indicators to measure global progress against pork tapeworm

25 January 2019 | Geneva -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is developing a set of indicators to track global progress in controlling Taenia solium (pork tapeworm).

Valid epidemiological data are scarce and knowledge gaps pose a problem to implementing effective control measures.

In order to generate evidence towards better surveillance of the disease and make data available more easily, WHO has recently added global data on T. solium to its Global Health Observatory (GHO).

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WHO data show unprecedented treatment coverage for bilharzia and intestinal worms

14 December 2018 | Geneva -- It is likely that countries endemic for schistosomiasis (bilharzia) and soil-transmitted helminthiases (intestinal worms) will be able to treat 75% of school-aged children by 2020 – the target set by the NTD Roadmap developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2012. In 2017, almost 99 million people were treated.
This includes 81.1 million school-aged children, representing 68% coverage worldwide.
For intestinal worms, 598.1 million children were treated -188 million preschool-aged and 410.1 million school-aged children - representing 69% coverage worldwide.

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Eliminating rabies: potential investment in life-saving vaccines can bolster prospects for zero human rabies deaths

12 December 2018 | Geneva −− Addressing the high cost associated with human rabies vaccines and making them readily available to populations can save lives, notably children who are frequent victims of dog bites.

Providing equitable access to these vaccines can also have far-reaching implications in strengthening health systems, providing incentives to new actors to enter the market, and accelerating work towards reaching zero human rabies deaths by 2030.