The 2nd edition of the Women and Trachoma manual & Other NTD News

This news roundup is a collection of headlines and other items on neglected tropical diseases, and does not reflect the work or the views of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases or the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center.


Women and Trachoma: Achieving Gender Equity in the Implementation of SAFE

The Carter Center, International Trachoma Initiative, and Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology

Achieving elimination of trachoma requires a team effort. Empowering women in trachoma endemic communities and in trachoma elimination programs will help eliminate trachoma. The “Women and Trachoma” manual second edition uses historical experience, case study examples, illustrations, program success stories, and step-by-step guidelines to enable us, as a team, to provide a gender-equitable SAFE strategy. We hope this manual is a tool that you will use, as part of a team, to end trachoma as a public health problem.


Impact of short-term discontinuation of ivermectin-based chemoprevention on onchocerciasis transmission in endemic settings with long history of mass drug administration

Arnauld Efon-Ekangouo, et al., PLOS

This study aimed to evaluate the impact of one missed round of ivermectin MDA on the burden of onchocerciasis and its endemicity in the Mbam valley in Cameroon. This study revealed that the decrease in parasitological indicators of the Ovolvulus infection subsequent to the MDA disruption, was consistent with the mathematical predictions of ONCHOSIM model.


Epidemiology of pediatric schistosomiasis in hard-to-reach areas and populations: a scoping review

Phyllis Munyiva Isaiah, Marta Sólveig Palmeirim, and Peter Steinmann, Infectious Diseases of Poverty

The findings document the high prevalence of schistosomiasis among PSAC in hard-to-reach populations and underscore the need to consider this population subgroup when designing the expansion of preventive chemotherapy and schistosomiasis control activities.

A quality improvement approach in co-developing a primary healthcare package for raising awareness and managing female genital schistosomiasis in Nigeria and Liberia

Akinola S Oluwole, et al., International Health

Girls and women living in endemic areas for urogenital schistosomiasis may have lifelong vulnerability to female genital schistosomiasis (FGS). For >2 decades, the importance of FGS has been increasing in sub-Saharan Africa, but without established policies for case detection and treatment. This research aimed to understand the level of FGS knowledge of frontline health workers and health professionals working in endemic areas and to identify health system needs for the effective management of FGS cases and prevention of further complications due to ongoing infections.

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

Community engagement in health services research on soil-transmitted helminthiasis in Asia Pacific region: Systematic review

Cho Naing, Wong Siew Tung, Norah Htet Htet, Htar Htar Aung, and Maxine A. Whittaker, PLOS

We aimed to synthesise evidence on how communities were engaged in health services research on soil-transmitted helminths in low-and-middle-income countries of the Asia-Pacific Region.


Burden of mosquito-borne diseases across rural versus urban areas in Cameroon between 2002 and 2021: prospective for community-oriented vector management approaches

Leo Dilane Alenou, et al., Parasites & Vectors

The current findings suggest that, in addition to malaria control strategies, vector-borne disease control approaches in Cameroon should include strategies against lymphatic filariasis and Rift Valley fever in rural areas, and against dengue and Zika viruses in urban areas.

Towards Inclusive Diagnostics for Neglected Tropical Diseases: User Experience of a New Digital Diagnostic Device in Low-Income Settings

Adeola Onasanya, et al., Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease

Designing new and inclusive diagnostic tools to detect Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) to achieve rational disease control requires a co-design process where end-users’ input is important. Failure to involve all potential end-users in new diagnostics for NTDs can result in low use and adoption failure, leading to persistent infection hot spots and ineffective disease control. There are different categories of potential end-users of new diagnostic tools for NTD control, and it is unclear if there are differences between the user efficiency, effectiveness, perception, and acceptability across these end-user categories. This study evaluated the usability, user perception, contextual factors affecting the user’s experience, and acceptability of a new digital optical diagnostic device for NTDs across three types of potential end users. 

Promoting equity through inclusive learning, planning and implementing: lessons from Nigeria's mass drug administration programme for neglected tropical diseases

Helen Piotrowski, et al., International Health

PAR in disease programmes can support health systems to embed cyclical and iterative learning to sustainably address localised equity challenges. However, it takes time, resources and political commitment.

WHO releases three online products to support implementation of NTD programmes

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published three online resources to strengthen implementation of programmes for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) at country level: an interactive dashboard, an online training course, and a mobile application.


Over 100 Buruli ulcer recorded in Upper Manya Krobo, patients dying

Kojo Ansah, StarrFM Online

One hundred and ten (110) Buruli ulcer and 40 yaws cases have been recorded in the Upper Manya Krobo District in the Eastern region since 2017 to 2022, according to the District Health Directorate.

2023 NTD Innovation Prize Call for Reviewers

American Leprosy Missions

American Leprosy Missions is looking for a diverse group of NTD and innovation experts to serve as reviewers for the 2023 NTD Innovation Prize.

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