14 March 2019 | Geneva -- A second human case of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) has been confirmed in a 48-year-old woman in Cunene province of southern Angola, after the country reported its first case in April 2018.
Angolan authorities are implementing heightened surveillance in anticipation of accelerated search in the area to which access is somewhat restricted.
Disease surveillance is also being increased along the border with Namibia.
26 February 2019 | Geneva -- Health and rural development officials in the Gambela region of Ethiopia are determined to interrupt the transmission of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), including on "investment farm" where migrant workers are employed.
In 2017, an outbreak on a commercial farms resulted in 15 human cases.
Last year, Ethiopia reported zero human cases after decades of low-level transmission. However, 17 Dracunculus medinensis infections were reported in animals.
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.
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.
Planning, requesting medicines and reporting
Despite challenges, Yemen eliminates lymphatic filariasis
Eliminating trachoma: WHO announces sustained progress with hundreds of millions of people no longer at risk of infection
Somalia: rehabilitating public health services and enhancing treatment coverage for leprosy
Eradicating dracunculiasis: Angola confirms second human case, strengthens surveillance
Upcoming events & meetings
Informal meeting of Ministers of Health of guinea-worm affected countries to sustain commitment in accelerating interruption of transmission of guinea-worm disease
Second meeting of the technical working group on protocols for remapping and impact assessment of schistosomiasis
Global review of initial use of triple therapy mass drug administration and planning for accelerated elimination of lymphatic filariasis
Most recent publications on PCT
Surgical approaches to the urogenital manifestations of lymphatic filariasis. Report from an informal consultation among experts
Report of the 4th Global Scientific Meeting on Trachoma, Geneva, 27–29 November 2018
Bench Aids for the diagnosis of intestinal parasites