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Scientific Publication

Economic evaluations of lymphatic filariasis interventions: a systematic review and research needs

Published in Parasites and Vectors: Economic evaluations of lymphatic filariasis interventions: a systematic review and research needs

Abstract

In 2000, the World Health Organization established the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF), with the goal of eliminating the disease as a public health problem by 2020.

Documents

“Major obstacle for development”: Ending NTDs is crucial to achieve 2030 Agenda

 

In this article, the author explains “…the dire consequences of many untreated NTDs are chronic disease and disability. Thus, they contribute significantly to the global burden of chronic conditions and their consequences such as stigma, exclusion and poverty.” Website.

News

Neglected tropical diseases slowing down Kenya growth

07 February 2018

Article, Business Daily, February 7, 2018.

SUMMARY

A 2016 study shows the country can save over Sh193bn by 2030 through elimination of trachoma, bilharzia, elephantiasis, and intestinal worms.

News

River Blindness Transmission Interrupted in cross border Metema Focus, Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia

31 January 2018

Five years after the policy change from river blindness control to elimination, the Ministry of Health would like to announce the interruption of transmission in the Metema river blindness focus in Amhara Regional State. 

RiverBlindness Ethiopia MOH PressRelease (60.40 KB)

Videos

Introducing the NTD index on the ALMA Scorecard for Accountability and Action at the African Union

At the African Union summit in January 2018, Uniting to Combat NTDs presented African leaders with a new NTD index and bespoke country profiles for African countries to show progress against the five NTDs amenable to preventive chemotherapy.

Videos

Professor Stephen Hawking delivers keynote speech on NTDs

In his speech, Professor Hawking highlighted the work and legacy of his father, Dr Frank Hawking who, in the 1950s, was one of the first people to conduct research into and develop treatment for an NTD known as lymphatic filariasis (LF).

Resources and Tools

Transmission Assessment Survey Sample Builder

The Survey Sample Builder is a tool designed to help program managers with their Transmission Assessment Surveys. The SSB program can be used to automate the calculations for determining appropriate survey strategy.

News

Carter Center Slideshow | Neighbors Help Neighbors Combat River Blindness

08 January 2018

A slideshow highlighting a few of the thousands of volunteers trained as community-directed distributors for the River Blindness Elimination Program in Nigeria.

News

Story Map | Hope for a Healthy Nigeria

30 December 2017

Photo presentation on the work to eliminate river blindness in Nigeria. The Carter Center, 2017.

WHO Report

Towards universal coverage for preventive chemotherapy for Neglected Tropical Diseases: Guidance for assessing “who is being left behind and why”

WHO and partners are advancing the mainstreaming project Integrating a gender, equity and human rights focus into national programming on preventive chemotherapy and transmission (PCT) control for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) during 2016-2019.

WHO-FWC-17.3-eng (1.02 MB)

WHO Guide

PC Joint Application Package – version 3. What’s new?

The WHO Joint Application Package is submitted to WHO by countries applying for donated medicines for Mass Drug Administration to control and/or eliminate lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and soil transmitted helmthiasis.

WHO Guide

Guideline: Alternative mass drug administration regimens to eliminate lymphatic filariasis

WHO Guideline ‒ Alternative mass drug administration regimens to eliminate lymphatic filariasis. 2017.

Guideline Alternative MDA Regimens LF (1.53 MB)

WHO Report

Crossing the Billion: Preventive chemotherapy for neglected tropical diseases

Preventive chemotherapy – one of the interventions deployed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat at least five Neglected Tropical Diseases – involves administering six medicines in seven different combinations, making it possible to treat more than one disease at a time.

Crossing the Billion (11.52 MB)

WHO Report

Water, sanitation and hygiene to combat neglected tropical diseases: Initial lessons from project implementation

This paper compiles examples from eighteen countries to summarize emerging successes and challenges in the coordination of WASH and NTD programmes.

WHO-FWC-WSH-17.02-eng (699.02 KB)

News

Sightsavers documents the billionth treatment for river blindness: a photo essay published in The Guardian

12 December 2017

Please enjoy this article and photo essay published in The Guardian commemorating Sightsavers’ billionth treatment with Mectizan® for river blindness.