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Resources and Tools

Filariasis Test Strip (FTS) Bench Aid (English and French versions)

This bench aid (English and French versions shown below) provides detailed instruction on the proper use of the new Filariasis Test Strip used for the detection of Wuchereria bancrofti antigen. 

WHO Guide

Modules on Training in monitoring and epidemiological assessment of mass drug administration for eliminating lymphatic filariasis

Modules are grouped for training purposes. Source: WHO.

Theory of transmission assessment surveys (TAS) Practical aspects of transmission assessment surveys WHO TAS Eligibility and Planning Form Additional resources for facilitators

Click on “Module 1: Background” below for example presentation.

Resources and Tools

Preventive Chemotherapy (PC) Data Portal

The Preventive Chemotherapy (PC) Data Portal provides access to data from the WHO’s PCT Databank for 4 key indicators (Population Requiring Preventive Chemotherapy (PCT), Population Receiving PCT, Coverage, and Comparative Performance) across the 5 PCT NTDs (Lymphatic Filariasis, Onchocerciasis, Schistosomiasis, Soil-Transmitted Helminths, and Trachoma).

Graphic

River Blindness Life Cycle

River Blindness Life Cycle. Sources: WHO/ CDC; Map:The Carter Center.

 

Videos

Series “For As Long As It’s Needed” Video 4: Community Approach

Fourth in a series of five documentary videos exploring the history and impact of the Mectizan Donation Program.

Resources and Tools

Preventive Chemotherapy Databank

The PCT Databank presents historical data as reported to WHO. This tool is designed to empower users to leverage their familiarity with Excel and the simplicity of the Global Health Observatory (GHO) to rapidly construct summaries that can be shared as they are viewed.

Videos

Series “For As Long As It’s Needed” Video 5: Current Statistics

Fifth and final in a series of five documentary videos exploring the history and impact of the Mectizan Donation Program.

News

Measuring up to a billion treatments: Sightsavers and partners have reached a historic milestone in the fight against neglected tropical diseases

12 April 2018

Enjoy this article on the billionth treatment for river blindness and lymphatic filariasis provided by Sightsavers and partners.

News

Faces of River Blindness: Kisanchi Village. Carter Center Slideshow

23 March 2018

The Carter Center and partners are working with Nigeria’s Ministry of Health to eliminate river blindness in nine of the country’s states, including Plateau, where Kisanchi is located.

Scientific Publication

Cross-border issues: an important component of onchocerciasis elimination programmes

Article on the importance of cross-border issues in onchocerciasis elimination programmes. Bush, Sodahlon, Downs and Mackenzie, International Health, Volume 10, Issue suppl_1, 1 March 2018, Pages i54–i59.

Scientific Publication

Alternative treatment strategies to accelerate the elimination of onchocerciasis

Article on the use of alternative (or complementary) treatment strategies (ATSs) to accelerate the elimination of onchocerciasis. Boussinesq et al., International Health, Volume 10, Issue suppl_1, 1 March 2018, Pages i40–i48.

Scientific Publication

After 70 years of fighting an age-old scourge, onchocerciasis in Uganda, the end is in sight

Article on eliminating onchocercias as a public health problem in Uganda. Katabarwa et al, International Health, Volume 10, Issue suppl_1, 1 March 2018, Pages i79–i88.