WHO activities in regard to the development of methods of controlling the tropical parasitic diseases

28th World Health Assembly (May 1975)

The Twenty-eighth World Health Assembly,

Drawing the attention of Member States once more to one of the most urgent public health problems in the developing countries today - the tropical parasitic diseases, and particularly onchocerciasis, filariasis, schistosomiasis and trypanosomiasis, which cause great damage to the people's health and retard social and economic progress in most of the developing countries;

Noting the steps taken by the Organization in accordance with resolution WHA27.52 to intensify research programmes on tropical parasitic diseases, as described in the Director-General's report on the work of WHO in 1974;

Considering it necessary to give priority attention to the development of recommendations and methods for these programmes for the control of the most important tropical parasitic diseases and primarily the programmes for the control of onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, etc., which are being already carried out or are at the active planning stage, using to this end all the experience accumulated by the Member States;

Welcoming the WHO biomedical research effort in this field,

  • URGES Member States, research and practical establishments and medical scientists working on aspects of tropical pathology to intensify their efforts to develop effective, safe and practicable means of controlling tropical parasitic diseases; and
  • REQUESTS the Director-General to undertake the measures needed to improve the system of coordinating the various programmes for the control of the tropical parasitic diseases and also the methods of carrying out these programmes and to pay special attention to these aspects in the report he is to make to the Twenty-ninth World Health Assembly under the terms of resolution WHA27.52.

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