How data driven approaches to health can challenge gender roles and achieve gender equity and equality 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.

Photo: A woman has her eyes checked for trachoma in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Photo credit: RTI International/Yonas Getachew

Lymphatic filariasis

Elephantiasis Not Under Control In Baglung

The Rising Nepal

Lymphatic filariasis, generally known as elephantiasis in Nepal, has not come under control in Baglung district even after 12 rounds of mass drug administration. . .Due to the lack of awareness, rumours about side effects of medicines and the prevalence of floating populations, people are still reluctant to take the drug, he [Suraj Gurau, chief at District Health Office (DHO), Baglung] added.


Habitat preference of blackflies in Omo Gibe river basin (southwest Ethiopia): Implications for onchocerciasis elimination and control

Beekam Kebede Olkeba et al., PLOS One

In conclusion, the findings of this study showed that the habitat preference of Sdamnosum larvae is determined by environmental factors and that the presence and abundance of the larvae are affected by macroinvertebrate predators. It is essential to establish buffer zones as a part of watershed management to retain pollutants and prevent them from entering directly into water courses to improve water quality and the assemblages of macroinvertebrate predators and enhance biocontrol of blackflies.


Human rights as a framework for eliminating female genital schistosomiasis

Caitlin R. Williams, Maximillian Seunik and Benjamin Mason Meier, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

International human rights law can help to reverse this neglect and shape the role of the international community in supporting elimination of FGS as a public health problem, as has been done for other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This analysis provides the NTD community with shared language around international legal obligations to engage sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocates and draw attention to this often overlooked condition. Working together, these two communities can reduce stigma and improve the health and well-being of the millions of marginalized women and girls affected by this preventable disease.

Recent Advances in Anti-Schistosomiasis Drug Discovery

Ezra J. Marker and Stefan L. Debbert, Parasitic Helminths and Zoonoses - From Basic to Applied Research

This chapter will discuss recent work concerning the discovery and development of novel anti-schistosomiasis drug leads from many sources.


Choose to challenge: How data driven approaches to health can challenge gender roles and achieve gender equity and equality

Kristin Sullivan et al., International Trachoma Control Initiative

Identifying specific gender barriers has resulted in several programmatic approaches to improve gender equity.

International Women’s Day: How photography is empowering Maasai ...

Tara Mtuy, International Trachoma Control Initiative

To improve knowledge and to empower Maasai women as health educators in their communities, a recent project assessed the use of Photovoice - a method that provides participants with cameras to visually document a specified topic in order to improve knowledge, reflection and stimulate dialog on an issue and facilitate social change.

Dedicated Team Tames Trachoma in Ethiopia

Kim Jensen, The Carter Center

Community leaders spread the word so people would know to stay home when the distribution teams were coming. In the early spring of 2021, each team visited an average of 49 households a day, treating a total of 14.9 million people. . . I get to be the one to tell you about our progress against trachoma in Amhara, but it’s the thousands of health workers, community volunteers, local government and religious leaders, and our Carter Center Ethiopia staff who are on the ground making it happen.


Identification of a Proteasome-Targeting Arylsulfonamide with Potential for the Treatment of Chagas’ Disease

Marta L. Lima et al., Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

These studies identify a novel pharmacophore capable of inhibiting the T. cruzi proteasome that may be exploitable for anti-chagasic drug discovery.

Women can go further than they’re made to believe


To help break the bias against women and push against gender-related stereotypes, Pelagie is a member of the Women and Science for the Developing World network. The group helps women to obtain scholarships, so they can progress academically and achieve great success in science.

Ghana High-level Multisectoral Stakeholder Engagement Seeks ...

Act to End NTDs |West

The Ghana Neglected Tropical Diseases Program (NTDP) under the Ghana Health Service (GHS), together with the NTD Ambassador Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, joined forces to mobilize national political and financial commitment for sustainable NTD interventions in alignment with the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

Global Appeal to End Stigma and Discrimination Against People ...

The Global Appeal is an annual message to spread awareness and call for an end to the unwarranted discrimination that persons affected by leprosy continue to face. Initiated in 2006 by Yohei Sasakawa, the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, the appeal is issued every January to coincide with World Leprosy Day. Each year it receives the support of influential partners from different fields to build solidarity and ensure that its message reaches far and wide.

Call for nominations ̶ of experts for for WHO Diagnostics

Ashok Moloo, World Health Organization

Those interested should possess demonstrated understanding of the specific disease area, neglected tropical diseases in general, health systems, laboratory capacity and/or current advances in diagnostics technologies, depending on the sub-group (or main DTAG) for which the application is made.

The DTAG sub-groups being envisaged and expanded are as follows: Laboratory Capacity and Networking for NTDs; Trachoma; Schistosomiasis, with a specialist interest in Female Genital Schistosomiasis; Soil-transmitted helminthiases, with a specialist interest in strongyloidiasis; Onchocerciasis, with a specialist interest in PCR.

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2022

ASTMH Call for Abstracts

American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

Submit your abstract by April 6 for the 2022 Annual Meeting, being held October 30 - November 3 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, USA. For those unable to attend in person, we will have a virtual option.

Snakebite: Researchers purify commercial Indian antivenoms, find them ...

Rajat Ghai, Down to Earth

Researchers from the Serum Institute of India (SII), Pune and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, have shown that purifying commercial antivenoms available in Indian markets can make them more potent and thus save more lives of snakebite victims.

PCR tests for mosquito-borne diseases will be free from now onwards

Online Khabar (Kathmandu)

The Ministry of Health and Population has launched a free PCR test campaign for mosquito-borne diseases like Zika virus infection, dengue and chikungunya.


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One Health: Approach for action against neglected tropical diseases 2021-2030
March 16, 2022
World Health Organization

Promising Practices in Collaborative Planning for Integrated Campaigns
March 22, 2022
Health Campaign Effectiveness Coalition

47th Annual Topics in Infection
June 17, 2022
RSTMH, Barts Health and UKHSA

2022 COR-NTD Annual Meeting
October 4-5, 2022
Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases

2022 ASTMH Annual Meeting
October 30-November 3, 2022
American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 

21st International Leprosy Congress 2022
November 8-10, 2022