Neglected tropical diseases

Developing surveillance indicators to measure global progress against pork tapeworm

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25 January 2019 | Geneva -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is developing a set of indicators to track global progress in controlling Taenia solium (pork tapeworm).

Valid epidemiological data are scarce and knowledge gaps pose a problem to implementing effective control measures.

In order to generate evidence towards better surveillance of the disease and make data available more easily, WHO has recently added global data on T. solium to its Global Health Observatory (GHO).

WHO workshop: visionary plans to scale-up rabies control

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14 December 2018 | Geneva –– Representatives from 11 countries recently convened at WHO headquarters to devise plans to end human rabies deaths by 2030.

Visionary plans have been drawn up for rabies elimination in many countries.

The meeting follows the recent announcement by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, of a new investment strategy to expand their portfolio to include human rabies vaccines in countries where Gavi runs other vaccine programmes.

Eliminating rabies: potential investment in life-saving vaccines can bolster prospects for zero human rabies deaths


12 December 2018 | Geneva −− Addressing the high cost associated with human rabies vaccines and making them readily available to populations can save lives, notably children who are frequent victims of dog bites.

Providing equitable access to these vaccines can also have far-reaching implications in strengthening health systems, providing incentives to new actors to enter the market, and accelerating work towards reaching zero human rabies deaths by 2030.

New approach needed to tackle parasitic liver disease in Europe and Turkey

31 August 2018 | Geneva −− For the first time, a study conducted in Europe and Turkey, has provided the real burden and prevalence of a parasitic infection that causes liver disease.

The study on cystic echinococcosis shows this disease is little known, poorly understood and remains asymptomatic and undetected in many cases.

The introduction of new policies, disease awareness programmes and control measures are crucial, particularly in endemic rural areas.

Decisive response: authorities work 24/7 to assist snakebite victims after Kerala floods

28 August 2018| Kerala, India | Geneva, Switzerland −− The recent flooding in Kerala, India is believed to have killed hundreds of people, with more than a million others displaced. Most of them were sheltered in relief camps.
With water levels receding, people returning to their homes are faced with the daunting task of dealing with snakes – with an unprecedented number of snakebites reported.
Through cross-sectoral collaboration, the authorities are offering round-the-clock services for assistance.