'FG targets 2027 for neglected tropical diseases elimination' and 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.

Lymphatic filariasis

Uttar Pradesh Government Urges Public To Take Preventative Medication Against Lymphatic Filariasis To Eradicate The Disease

Banega Swasth India

In an effort to completely eradicate Filariasis, a disease transmitted through mosquito bites in Uttar Pradesh, the state government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, is urging the residents to take preventative medication before August 28. In an appeal, the state government said that Filariasis, a disease transmitted through mosquito bites, poses a serious and incurable threat, adding that once Filariasis is contracted, it persists throughout one’s lifetime without remedy.


First report of filarial nematodes in the genus Onchocerca infecting black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae) in Iran

Fariba Khanzadeh, Naseh Maleki-Ravasan, Peter H. Adler, Fateh Karimian, and Matus Kudela, Scientific Reports

Black flies are blood-sucking insects of public health importance, and they are effective vectors of pathogens and parasites, such as filarial nematodes of the genus Onchocerca. Our previous surveys have shown that individuals of Simulium turgaicum are annoying pests of humans and livestock in the Aras River Basin of Iran.


NTDs: Experts raise alarm about rising Schistosomiasis in Ondo and Kebbi

Kazeem Biriowo, Nigerian Tribune

Experts working to reduce the burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Nigeria have raised alarm over the high prevalence of Female Genital Schistosomiasis(FGS) prevalence in local riverine areas of Ondo and Kebbi States. 


Funding threatens Africa’s containment of neglected tropical diseases

Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, The Guardian (Nigeria)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that chronic underfunding is threatening Africa’s fight to control and eradicate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Consequently, health officials and donors meeting for the WHO Regional Committee for Africa have called for increased investment to eliminate the illnesses that affect nearly 400 million people in the region.

FG targets 2027 for neglected tropical diseases elimination

Lara Adejoro, Punch (Nigeria)

The Federal Government on Thursday said it would eradicate Neglected Tropical Diseases by 2027. The Deputy Director and Programme Manager, National Trachoma Elimination Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Nicholas Olobio, said this at the ongoing two-day National Trachoma Quarterly Review meeting in Abuja.

Kenyan scientists warn of new, more dangerous mosquito species in town

Brian Otieno, The Star (Kenya)

Researchers at the Kenya Medical Research Institute have warned of the discovery of a new, more dangerous species of mosquito in the country.

Progress from morbidity control to elimination as a public health problem of schistosomiasis and the status of soil-transmitted helminth infection in Togo: a second impact assessment after ten rounds of mass drug administration

Ameyo M. Dorkenoo et al., Parasites & Vectors

Due to the burden of schistosomiasis (SCH) and soil-transmitted helminths (STH), Togo Ministry of Health launched a program for Preventive Chemotherapy Neglected Tropical Diseases (PC-NTDs) in 2009, initiating integrated mass drug administration (MDA) the following year for the three PC-NTDs: SCH, STH and onchocerciasis. Significant reduction of infection across the country was noted in 2015 during the first impact assessment, following 5 years of high-coverage MDA implemented at the sub-district level for SCH and district level for STH. After another 5 years of effective MDA, a second survey was conducted in 2021 to re-evaluate the situation of SCH and STH.


NTD Innovation Prize 2023 Coming at NNN Conference

NTD Innovation Hub

In partnership with Novartis, American Leprosy Missions will make a $40,000 award for its fifth annual NTD Innovation Prize, presented at the 2023 NNN Conference. Learn more about the three finalists' innovative proposals that leverage mapping to support NTD targets. The winner will be announced on September 21 during the NNN closing plenary. See the finalists. 

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