Neglected tropical diseases
18 September 2017 | Geneva | New Delhi –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a modest increase in the number of new leprosy cases during 2016.
The increase – mainly linked to improved active case-finding and enhanced data collection – is part of a recently introduced 'consolidated' online reporting system.
A total of 2810 additional cases were notified in 2016 compared with 2015.
13 September 2017 | Geneva –– A progressive increase in donated medicines for the preventive treatment of neglected tropical diseases requires careful planning to ensure that shipments arrive on time to enable accurate, on-schedule delivery.
Medicines which are donated through the World Health Organization have increased from 353 million tablets in 2009 to more than 1.7 billion in 2016.
6 September 2017 | Geneva −− Chad − the only country which has reported human cases of guinea-worm disease so far this year - has launched a national campaign to accelerate the prompt detection and containment of all cases. ‘Heroes of Guinea-worm campaign’ aims to speed up reporting of all humans and animals infected with Dracunculiasis medinensis (the Guinea worm).
From 1 January to 31 July 2017, all nine human cases have occurred in Chad.
to control and eliminate dracunculiasis in Chad.
4 September 2017 | Geneva –– Cases of human rabies deaths in Thailand have declined from almost 200 in 2005 to fewer than eight in 2015.
This is the result of a national strategy and also the personal commitment of Her Royal Highness Princess Chulaborn Mahidol, who is championing the mass vaccination and management of dogs and an enhanced awareness of rabies.
Princess Chulabhorn visited the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva on Monday 28 August.
03 August 2017 | Geneva ––The first free, on-line course on a neglected tropical disease is now available to the public.
The course on post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) aims to help health workers and field practitioners recognize this form of the disease which is often misdiagnosed. Anyone completing the course with a minimum score of 70% will be awarded a certificate.
31 July 2017 | Manila | Geneva -- The country joins Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Niue, the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Korea and Vanuatu in WHO's Western Pacific Region that have been validated as having achieved elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem since WHO launched the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis in 2000.
Lymphatic filariasis is a mosquito-borne disease that damages the lymphatic system, leading to severe disfigurement, pain and disability.
21 July 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) is providing financial support, medicine, technical and logistical assistance to Cameroon to contain an outbreak of yaws among its tribal population in the country's east region.
Hundreds of people and household contacts have already been treated as medical teams continue to find cases in order to prevent the disease spreading to neighboring areas.
Leprosy: improved reporting, active case-finding and enhanced data collection reveal hidden cases
Ensuring timely medicine supply and management key to large-scale treatment campaigns
Eradicating dracunculiasis: Chad intensifies national campaign as ninth human case is confirmed
Thailand committed to defeating human rabies by 2020
Snakebite under spotlight in Oxford
WHO to unveil strategy to improve snakebite prevention and access to treatment
Informal consultation on mycetoma, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, 24 March 2017
Call for nominations of experts to serve on a WHO Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG) on new tools
Report of the twentieth WHOPES working group meeting, WHO/HQ, Geneva, 20–24 March 2017
Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–June 2017
Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Trachoma. Second Meeting Report
Sixth meeting of the vector control advisory group (VCAG)
"Collaborate. Accelerate. Eliminate"
34th General Conference - International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC)
WHO network for HAT elimination: Ninth meeting of the sub-group “Integration of new tools into national and global policies”
Workshop on Surveillance and Control of Rabies
7th Vector Control Advisory Group (VCAG)