Neglected tropical diseases

India’s massive leprosy case detection campaign reaches 320 million people

18 October 2016 |Geneva|New Delhi –– A recent door-to-door leprosy case detection campaign in India has screened a record 320 million people, revealing thousands of ‘hidden’ cases in some of the country’s districts.

The campaign by the National Leprosy Elimination Programme covered 149 districts across 19 states and mobilized almost 300 000 health workers.

Recent case detection campaign revealed thousands of 'hidden' cases
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WHO congratulates 4 countries for eliminating lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem

10 October 2016 | Manila | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) today congratulated four countries in its Western Pacific Region for having achieved the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (LF) as a public health problem.

It took over a decade of sustained efforts for Cambodia, Cook Islands, Niue and Vanuatu to overcome this debilitating disease. Along with Maldives and Sri Lanka (acknowledged earlier this year), these countries obtain this status after China (2007) and the Republic of Korea (2008), respectively.


More than 556 million people receive treatment for lymphatic filariasis in 2015

06 October 2016 | Geneva –– Recent data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that more than 556 million people worldwide have benefitted from treatment for lymphatic filariasis.

This represents an increase of 18 million compared with the 538 million treated in 2014.
Under guidance from WHO, national programmes continue to accelerate interventions in endemic areas while many countries have started scaling down or have even stopped their large-scale treatment programmes.

Health care worker in Indonesia providing advice to LF patient
©GSK/MoH Indonesia

Neglected tropical diseases: unprecedented 979 million people treated in 2015 alone

30 September 2016 ¦ Geneva –– The World Health Organization has released data for 2015 showing 979 million people were treated for at least one neglected tropical disease in 2015 alone.

Considered as a monumental public health achievement, it involved reaching poor people both in marginalized rural areas as well as in underserved urban settings.

Human rabies: better coordination and emerging technology to improve access to vaccines

28 September 2016 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is collaborating with partners, stakeholders and agencies to ensure a continued supply of human and dog vaccines and rabies immunoglobulins to sustain global efforts to eliminate human rabies by 2030.

WHO is also closely following the potential benefits that convergent technology can bring to facilitate the delivery of vaccines and immunoglobulins to remote rabies endemic areas and regions.

© Anne-Marie Labouche/ WHO

WHO and Gilead Sciences extend collaboration against visceral leishmaniasis

27 September 2016 | Geneva ––The World Health Organization (WHO) and Gilead Sciences have signed a new agreement that allows the pharmaceutical company to donate medicines for the treatment of visceral leishmaniasis.

Under the new 5-year collaboration and until 2021, Gilead Sciences have also agreed to provide financial assistance for the expansion of leishmaniasis surveillance and control.

Visceral leishmaniasis is endemic in more than 80 countries worldwide.

Treatment against visceral leishmaniasis, South Sudan © J. A. Ruiz Postigo / WHO

WHO calls for robust global efforts to end transmission of leprosy infection

22 September 2016 | Geneva | New Delhi | Beijing −− The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries to pilot innovative approaches to tackle continued transmission of leprosy.
Delegates attending the 19th International Leprosy Congress agreed to push for early detection, prevention and treatment and work to end the ongoing stigma associated with the disease.
The meeting took place in Beijing, People’s Republic of China from 19–21 September 2016.

©Ed Hanley

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