Working to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Working to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases

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qNeglected tropical diseases (NTDs) blight the lives of a billion people worldwide and threaten the health of millions more. These ancient companions of poverty weaken impoverished populations, frustrate the achievement of health in the Millennium Development Goals and impede global health and economies has convinced governments, donors, the pharmaceutical industry and other agencies, including nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), to invest in preventing and controlling this diverse group of diseases. Global efforts to control qhiddenq diseases, such as dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), leprosy, gains including the imminent eradication of dracunculiasis. Since 1989 (when most endemic countries began reporting monthly from each endemic village), the number of new dracunculiasis cases has fallen from 892 055 in 12 endemic countries to 3190 in 4 countries in 2009, a decrease of more than 99%. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends five public-health strategies for the prevention and control of NTDs: preventive chemotherapy; intensified case-management; vector control; the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene; and veterinary public health (that is, applying veterinary sciences to ensure the health and well-being of humans). Although one approach and delivered locally.q - p. viiWHO/OIE manual on echinococcosis in humans and animals: a public health problem of global concern. ... 16:1233a€“1336. 6. Gavidia CM et al. Diagnosis of cystic echinococcosis, central Peruvian highlands. Emerging Infectious Diseases anbsp;...

Title:Working to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases
Author:World Health Organization
Publisher:World Health Organization - 2010


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