Article covering the role national onchocerciasis elimination committees (NOECs) play in helping ministries of health complete the pathway to successful verification of elimination of onchocerciasis (river blindness), as outlined in the 2016 World Health Organization guidelines.
This article covers the role of the NGDO Coordination Group for the Control of Onchocerciasis. The Group was launched in 1992, and with the paradigm shift from control of disease to elimination of onchocerciasis transmission, the Group shifted its orientation to that new paradigm in 2013.
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.”
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.