Neglected tropical diseases

Target product profiles for the diagnosis of Taenia solium published

09 October 2017| Geneva −− New target product profiles for the diagnosis of T. solium have been produced.

The process began in December 2015 with a WHO stakeholders meeting. It was followed by an expert consultation involving stakeholders from all regions.

Towards a rabies-free world as unparalleled global initiative gets underway

© WHO/AM Labouche

28 September 2017 | Geneva –– World Rabies Day 2017 marks the announcement of the biggest global anti-rabies initiative.

Today, the World Health Organization, the World Organisation for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control will reveal an ambitious plan to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.

Combating echinococcosis in China

Ultrasound examination for echinococcosis in Siqu (China)
© Tian Tian / Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

21 September 2017 | Geneva –– China has intensified its national programme for the control of echinococcosis through community focused interventions where more people are being examined through ultrasound.

Echinococcosis is a parasitic disease. The two main types are: cystic and alveolar echinococcosis. Infection is acquired through ingestion of parasite eggs in contaminated food, water or soil, or through direct contact with animal hosts.

Thailand committed to defeating human rabies by 2020

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulaborn Mahidol is greeted
by WHO Assistant Director-General, Dr Ren Minghui. ©WHO/C. Black

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.

Snakebite under spotlight in Oxford

© David J. Williams

28 August 2017 | Geneva –– An international symposium, starting on the 29th August, 2017 at Oxford University in the United Kingdom will provide an important opportunity for dialogue between snakebite experts and WHO.

The Venoms 2017 Conference will be largely attended by academia, the NGO community, policy stakeholders and various clinical professionals.

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