Neglected tropical diseases

Governments and philanthropists announce new funding for neglected tropical diseases

4 December 2018 | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the announcement of new funding to sustain global efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and avert the devastating impact they cause to mainly poor populations.
Out of a total of US$ 150 million from leading philanthropists and governments, US$ 105 million will be dedicated to eliminating trachoma as a public health problem in 10 African countries.
The announcement was made last Sunday during the “Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100” concert in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Elimination mapping of endemic countries key to defeating river blindness

29 November 2018 | Geneva –– New data from an elimination mapping will be crucial to identifying all remaining areas where transmission of onchocerciasis (also called river blindness) occurs, as the world sustains progress towards defeating this parasitic disease.
Mapping will also help to prevent a recrudescence of blinding onchocerciasis and will be vital in determining when to stop treatment.
This is the first mapping towards elimination of transmission, as previous such strategies focused mainly on control.

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Engaging field staff to achieve greater country impact against neglected tropical diseases

26 November 2018 | Brazzaville | Geneva -- They are the eyes, ears and voice of the organization, yet many of them have hardly had practical training during their time with the World Health Organization (WHO). National Professional Officers (or NPOs as they are often called) are locally recruited WHO staff but their responsibilities are immense.

Besides being good technicians, they need to have excellent communication and negotiation skills and should be proficient in administering budgets.

Preventing mother-to-child transmission of Chagas disease: from control to elimination

16 November 2018 | Geneva | Murcia (Spain) -- Recent evidence demonstrates that active screening of girls and women of childbearing age can effectively prevent congenital transmission of Chagas disease.

Consequently and in addition to existing strategies on early detection and treatment of infected newborns and siblings, WHO is focusing on prevention of transmission through diagnosis and treatment of women of childbearing age in endemic and non-endemic countries.

Eradicating dracunculiasis: Chad and South Sudan continue to report human cases

13 November 2018 | Geneva -- A total of 21 human cases of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) have been reported for the period 1 January – 30 September 2018. These include 11 cases from Chad, nine from South Sudan and one from Angola.

WHO has also received reports of 999 animals infected with Dracunculus medinensis - the worm that causes guinea-worm disease - for the same period. These include 993 dogs, 11 cats and 1 baboon.

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Lymphatic filariasis: 465 million treatments delivered through expanded coverage, combined medicines

08 November 2018 | Geneva −− Expansion of programmes to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis) and an expected increase in the implementation of a new 3-drug regimen can accelerate the global elimination of this debilitating neglected tropical disease.

As progress against lymphatic filariasis continues, data released by WHO show that 465.4 million people were treated for the disease in 2017.

©GlaxoSmithKline. Woman affected by LF washing affected limb as part of daily self-care management