NTD Mentorship for African Women in Honour of Dr. Mwele Malecela Launched 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 description: National Professional Officer (NPO) for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Programme in WHO Indonesia observes the stool examination process during schistosomiasis prevalence evaluation survey in Schistosomiasis Laboratory, Lore Utara, Poso District, 26 May 2022. Photo Credit: Azhari/WHO


Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Community towards an Onchocerciasis Elimination Program from South West Ethiopia

Haile Worku et al., Journal of Tropical Medicine

It was discovered that the majority of communities (89.4%) are aware of onchocerciasis. They also have a good awareness of the severity, preventability, therapy, and mode of transmission, yet they have certain misunderstandings. The communities' attitudes towards community directed therapy (CDT) using Ivermectin is positive (68.5%). According to 56% of the community, offering incentives for community drug distributors (CDD) has the potential to make the elimination campaign more successful. Different measures, such as avoiding any activities near the river, are important in the process of eradicating this disease at the community level. 


Frequency distribution of cytokine and associated transcription factor single nucleotide polymorphisms in Zimbabweans: Impact on schistosome infection and cytokine levels

Andrew John Hanton et al., PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

This study sought to understand how SNPs [single nucleotide polymorphisms] in genes encoding cytokines and associated transcription factors influence susceptibility and immune responses to schistosomiasis. Here, we report a range of SNPs upregulating immune responses being highly frequent among our Zimbabwean sample, and in addition identify two novel infection-associated loci. 

The last miles in Indonesia’s schistosomiasis elimination programme

Achmad Naufal Azhari, World Health Organization Indonesia

Currently, Donggala Institute for Health Research and Development is analyzing the result of this survey. The interim report on 17 June 2022 showed that there were fourteen confirmed positive cases, localized only in two endemic villages. This means Indonesia is in the last miles of its schistosomiasis elimination.

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

Burden and factors associated with schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth infections among school-age children in Huambo, Uige and Zaire provinces, Angola

Adam W. Bartlett et al., Infectious Diseases of Poverty

A STH preventive chemotherapy program is indicated for nearly all municipalities in Uige and select municipalities in Huambo and Zaire. 

Impact of preventive chemotherapy on transmission of soil-transmitted helminth infections in Pemba Island, United Republic of Tanzania, 1994–2021

Shaali Ame et al., PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

A survey conducted in 1994 in school aged children showed that soil-transmitted helminth were very intensively transmitted in Pemba Island (Zanzibar) with prevalence near to 100%. Between 1994 and 2011 several rounds of administration of anthelminthic were organized and a second survey was conducted in 2011 showing a decrease of prevalence and intensity of infection. The present paper reports the results of a third survey conducted in 2021 showing a further decline of the prevalence and a persistence of Ttrichiura as the more prevalent parasite (in 1994 hookworms were the most transmitted STH). The interventions conducted until now where not sufficient to eliminate the morbidity caused by these parasites and it is suggested to include ivermectin in the anthelminthic distributed periodically.


To eliminate trachoma: Azithromycin mass drug administration coverage and associated factors among adults in Goro district, Southeast Ethiopia

Tadele Feyisa et al., PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

The proportion of azithromycin mass treatment coverage of this study was lower than the WHO minimum target coverage. Thus, strengthening awareness, enhancing azithromycin mass trachoma treatment messages, and conducting campaigns off-season outside of harvesting and planting time should be prioritized in the future to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target.


Ending neglect, ending disease: River blindness in West Africa

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The most urgent priority is nationwide disease surveillance studies in endemic countries so governments can find out what they’re really up against.

Call for Experts − WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking experts to serve as members of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases. Deadline July 16.


WHO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Launches Neglected Tropical Disease Mentorship for African women in Honour of Dr Mwele Malecela

TDPel Media

World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced plans to set up a mentorship programme for African women working in neglected tropical diseases programmes. The mentorship is in honour of the late Dr Mwele Malecela, who was one of Africa’s most highly respected female scientists and public health leaders. The mentorship programme will provide African women with leadership training skills as well as travel and networking opportunities to become leaders and champions of the efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases.

Watch: What Makes the NTD Supply Chain Forum a Success?

The Task Force for Global Health, YouTube

Check out this under 3 minute video on "What makes the NTD supply chain forum a success?"

Contribution of researchers in Arab countries to scientific publications on neglected tropical diseases (1971 – 2020)

Waleed M. Sweileh, Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines

Arab countries cannot achieve the 2030 global agenda without control and elimination of prevalent NTDs. Researchers in Arab countries need to establish strong research networks to exchange expertise on all NTDs.

5 Things We Now Know About the Tropical Disease Dengue

Tamekia Reece, Johnson & Johnson

With dengue cases increasing even more in already endemic areas and spreading farther north, it’s more important than ever to accelerate research, she says. 


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November 8-10, 2022