Preventable epilepsy: Taenia solium infection burdens economies, societies and individuals
A rationale for investment and action
T. solium-induced neurocysticercosis is a global public health problem with important socioeconomic impacts. Neurocysticercosis, the cause of serious, potentially lethal health conditions such as epilepsy, remains an under-recognized public health concern. This report shows evidence that
- control of the disease is possible;
- technical support and tools are available but need further improvement and collaborative mechanisms for implementation;
- investing in collaboration and integration can lead to rapid advances and improvements in health beyond control of T. solium; and
- investing in action yields results – the report presents three case examples and summary results from Madagascar, Mexico and the United Republic of Tanzania that illustrate programme similarities and differences, and health impact success stories.