The control of neglected zoonotic diseases: community based interventions for NZDs prevention and control
report of the third conference organized with ICONZ, DFID-RiU, SOS , EU,TDR and FAO with the participation of ILRI and OIE; 23–24 November 2010, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
It is now five years since the World Health Organization (WHO), with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) Animal Health Programme, launched the first international meeting to consider how to tackle a group of ancient, endemic and largely forgotten zoonotic diseases.
This third NZDs meeting, brought together an even larger and more diverse group than before. More than 100 participants from Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and Australia, including policy-makers, international organizations, researchers and field workers directly involved in disease control attended the meeting, as well as a range of observers including a number of young researchers representing the next generation of NZD specialists sponsored by the European Union.
In this report we have tried to present the various issues, problems and challenges that were discussed against the backdrop of the many inspiring control programmes that were presented. Again and again these programmes demonstrated how the NZDs are not so much re-emerging as rediscovered – once a concerted effort is made to find and treat patients – and how both control and prevention rely on involving and inspiring the animal keeping communities where they prevail.