'Iraq eliminates trachoma as a public health problem' 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

Lymphatic Filariasis in India: Climate change, poor treatment compliance continue to be major challenges

Sushmita Panda, Financial Express Healthcare

Lymphatic Filariasis, also known as Elephantiasis, continues to be a major public health challenge in India. A vector-borne parasitic disease, it is an extremely painful and disfiguring disease that spreads through the bite of mosquitoes.


Nuisance vegetation removal in Senegalese waterways reduces the overall prevalence of parasitic infections and increases local food production

Sonia Fernandez, University of California - Santa Barbara

It's an elegant solution: Remove the habitat of a parasite-carrying aquatic snail and reduce the level of infection in the local community; all while generating more feed and compost for local farmers.

A collaboration of scientists from the United States and Senegal focused on doing just that by removing overgrown aquatic vegetation from areas upstream of the Diama Dam in northeastern Senegal. In doing so, they generated positive impacts to the local communities' health and economies.

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

Soil-transmitted helminthiases among school-age children and their association with water, sanitation, and hygiene, Hawassa City, Southern Ethiopia

Belachew Bokicho, Dejene Hailu, Bethlehem Eshetu, Male Matie, and Tafese Tadele, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Soil-transmitted helminthes pose the main health impact in tropical and sub-tropical regions, with children being at increased risk of infection. This study assessed the prevalence of soil transmitted helminthes among school children and their association with water, sanitation, and hygiene condition in Hawassa City, southern Ethiopia.


Iraq eliminates trachoma as a public health problem

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulates Iraq for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem, making it the fifth country in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region to achieve this milestone.

A Good Problem: Why New Training Methods are Needed to Eliminate Trachoma

Jeremiah Ngondi and Caleb Mpyet, Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | East

Globally, around 116 million people are at risk of a disease that can leave their eyes scarred and blinded. This painful neglected tropical disease (NTD) is called trachoma. It thrives in places where clean water is scarce, sanitation is poor, and flies buzz around.

The good news - since 2002, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there has been a 92% reduction in the number of people needing treatment for trachoma. Already, 17 countries have successfully eliminated trachoma as a public health problem. Just this spring, Benin and Mali achieved elimination of trachoma as a public health problem.

Using model-based geostatistics for assessing the elimination of trachoma

Misaki Sasanami et al., PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Trachoma is the commonest infectious cause of blindness worldwide. Efforts are being made to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem globally. However, as prevalence decreases, it becomes more challenging to precisely predict prevalence. We demonstrate how model-based geostatistics (MBG) can be used as a reliable, efficient, and widely applicable tool to assess the elimination status of trachoma.


Unimproved source of drinking water and its associated factors: a spatial and multilevel analysis of Ethiopian demographic and health survey

Fantu Mamo Aragaw, Mehari Woldemariam Merid, Tsion Mulat Tebeje, Muluken Gizachew Erkihun, and Amensisa Hailu Tesfaye, BMC Public Health

Drinking water quality has been a major public health concern in lower and middle income countries where access to improved water supplies is limited. Ethiopia is thought to have one of the worst drinking water infrastructures in the world. This study aimed to assess the spatial variation and determinants of using unimproved sources of drinking water in Ethiopia using recent nationally representative data.

Health Agencies To Distribute NTD Drugs To Three States

Omowumi Samuel, Voice of Nigeria

Health agencies in Bauchi, Gombe and Jigawa have announced plans to distribute over two million doses of drugs to stem spread of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The states also scaled up sensitisation activities and trained health personnel to enhance surveillance, detection and treatment of the disease. Health officials stated this in seperate interviews with newsmen while responding to a survey on NTDs in Bauchi, Dutse and Gombe.

NTDs: Plateau eliminates River Blindness, Elephantiasis

Hassan Muaz, The Eagle Online (Nigeria)

The Plateau government said it is one of the two states in Nigeria that has eliminated Onchocerciasis, known as River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, also known as Elephantiasis.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that River Blindness and Elephantiasis, are among the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).


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