Neglected tropical diseases

WHO and UNAIDS call for integrated services to improve sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls

16 December 2019 | Geneva | Kigali −− WHO and UNAIDS have called for integrated efforts to address the disparate burden of diseases borne by women and girls in Africa where they face serious inequalities in accessing essential health services.

In a joint advocacy document, both organizations highlight the need for innovative, collective approaches including female genital schistosomiasis - a lesser known condition that affects millions of women and girls in Africa.

'Building Synergies for Women's Health, Rights & Wellbeing' session
during #ICASA2019Rwanda
©Modelling Consortium

Modelling study widens viewpoints for new roadmap for neglected tropical diseases

26 November 2019 |Geneva -- Extensive discussions were recently held with countries, partners, stakeholders, academic and scientific communities as part of wide-ranging consultations to develop a new roadmap for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

These consultations included mathematical modellers who have provided insights into developing targets for many NTDs.

The interplay of factors and settings in which these diseases of poverty occur need to be thoroughly understood before future targets can be set.

Neglected tropical diseases: treating over one billion people for the fourth successive year

29 October 2019 | Geneva -- Data published by WHO confirm more than one billion people were again treated for at least one neglected tropical disease in 2018, sustaining a 2015 milestone.

Through large-scale treatment campaigns, also known as mass drug administration, more than 1.7 billion treatments were distributed to populations in need.

WHO coordinates the delivery of billions of donated tablets annually to the most marginalized, neglected segments of the world’s population.

China: economic growth fuels move to defeat neglected tropical diseases

23 October 2019 | Geneva | Shanghai -- Rapid economic growth and urbanization have significantly improved the standard of living in China.

Substantial changes in agricultural practices have contributed to massive reductions in levels of poverty throughout the country.

Alongside and over the past three decades, China accelerated measures to control infectious diseases, resulting in dramatic reduction in prevalence of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

©Men-Bao Qian. Education for students on parasitic diseases, Guangxi, China, 2018

Nobel prize recognizes deworming’s contribution to improving children’s health and school performance and alleviating poverty

16 October 2019 | Geneva --On Monday this week, the names of winners of this year’s Nobel prize for economics were announced.

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer were recognized for their work in ‘development economics’ that “introduced a new approach to obtaining reliable answers about the best ways to fight global poverty.”

Dr Kremer is known for demonstrating how children who are treated regularly for intestinal worms enjoy improved health and school performance.

Kiribati eliminates lymphatic filariasis

7 October 2019 | Geneva –– Years of prevention, care and surveillance has paid off.

Kiribati is the latest country acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) for eliminating lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.

The Pacific island nation now joins 9 other countries in WHO’s Western Pacific Region, including 6 others worldwide to have achieved this status.

Kids in Abaiang, Kiribati/Naomi T.

‘United Against Rabies’ collaboration celebrates one year of progress towards zero human rabies deaths by 2030

28 September 2019 | Geneva | Manhattan | Paris | Rome −− One year on, substantial progress has been made to empower, engage and enable countries to reach the rabies elimination goal by 2030.

The ‘United Against Rabies’ collaboration today released its first annual progress report describes the incremental, collaborative impact of the four partners in promoting the One Health approach.

The report coincides with this year's World Rabies day, celebrated on 28 September.

T. Parker