Neglected tropical diseases

Canine rabies: South Africa uses instant messaging for daily mapping and dissemination of cases

06 July 2017 | Geneva – South Africa is building on the success of canine rabies control in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal by instantly disseminating all reported cases of rabies across the country.

All rabies outbreaks are sent via SMS to the country’s essential services and the information is being used to formulate appropriate responses in areas where most canine rabies occur.

Gavi's learning agenda drives change for rabies

12 June 2017 | Geneva –– Rabies vaccines are efficacious but underutilized. Their high cost and inaccessibility have perpetuated rabies as a neglected disease. A GAVI-supported learning agenda is transforming their operational feasibility, public health impact and cost through studies in many countries.

As innovative solutions surface, efficacy and cost–effectiveness are improving.

The world is looking to GAVI to invest in rabies vaccines in 2018.

From concept to completion: demonstrating feasibility, cost–effectiveness and benefits to human health from elimination of canine rabies

Canine and human rabies
Kevin LeRoux (South Africa)

Three countries known to have a high prevalence of canine rabies began rabies pilot projects in 2009: South Africa; the United Republic of Tanzania; and the Philippines. When the projects started, countries began at different stages to make impressive progress lessons were learnt from one another and they are now eager to embark on and contribute to achieving zero human rabies deaths by 2030 caused by dog-transmitted rabies.

Two new centres of excellence have joined the WHO network of Collaborating Centres for echinococcosis

© V. Lambert, Arhangay, Mongolia
Echinococcosis: a parasitic disease that occurs
in two main forms in humans: cystic echinococcosis
and alveolar echinococcosis

09 September 2016 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has expanded its network of collaborating centres for echinococcosis.

The latest two centres in Xinjiang, China and in Rome, Italy will help sustain control strategies and the implementation of uniform operational procedures, testing and training.

Advancing control of Taenia solium taeniasis and (neuro) cysticercosis

Free-roaming sow and piglets, Jaipur, India © Niall Corbet

02 June 2016 | Geneva -- T. solium-induced neurocysticercosis is a global public health problem with important socioeconomic impacts. Neurocysticercosis, the cause of serious, potentially lethal health conditions such as epilepsy, remains an under-recognized public health concern.

Two new documents are now available:
- Rationale for investment and action: Taenia solium infection burdens economies, societies and individuals
-Taenia solium taeniasis/cysticercosis diagnostic tools: Report of a stakeholder meeting