WHO’s Global Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme Partners’ Meeting ends with stirring call for worldwide action 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.

Schistosomiasis

Population-wide prevention and treatment required to reduce schistosomiasis

Oxford Population Health

Researchers from the University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute carried out a systematic review of 101 studies involving 192,691 participants in 22 countries across three continents (Africa, Asia, and South America), published between 1984 and 2022. Among the 101 studies, 98 provided data on associations between water contact duration, frequency, and activities with schistosome infection. By analysing these data, the researchers were able to quantify the overall association between water contact and infection, whether the association varied across age groups, and whether different activities carried different risks.

GSA Progress and Activity Report 2022-2023

GSA Executive Team, Global Schistosomiasis Alliance

The GSA strategic plan (2022-2025) outlined our priorities, which closely align to the WHO 2030 Roadmap and the earlier GSA Schistosomiasis Action Plan. Our five focus areas and associated actions will act as the template for our future activities as reported here. It is with the aim of enhancing and improving current methods of control that our Working groups and Work Streams, together with our website and many outreach activities bring together the many different strands of schistosomiasis control.

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

Soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) endemicity and performance of preventive chemotherapy intervention programme in Nigeria (in year 2021)

Oyetunde T. Oyeyemi and Oluyemi A. Okunlola, Scientific Reports

Preventive chemotherapy (PC) is an important tool to address transmission and reduce morbidities associated with soil-transmitted helminths (STHs). The aim of the study is to assess the PC implementation programme coverage and relate the same to the endemicity of STH in Nigeria.

Trachoma

How We Reduced People At Risk Of Trachoma In Nigeria From 34m To 3.4m – Dr. Isiyaku

Pandora Peaceman, New Telegraph (Nigeria)

Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) validated Benin Republic and Mali, as having eliminated trachoma. Why is Nigeria not yet in the league, and what are those countries doing that Nigeria is not doing? Well, those countries are not doing anything Nigeria is not doing. I think what you should remember is that Nigeria has made significant progress.

Nigeria was rated second only to Ethiopia as the most endemic country for trachoma, as we speak now, Nigeria has moved to number six. So Nigeria has made tremendous progress. We have been able to make progress. When we started the programme, there were 34 million people at risk of losing their sight in Nigeria that time due to trachoma, and Nigeria was the second most endemic.

Tracking well to end trachoma

Rohan Aldous, Shepparton News

Trachoma is on a worldwide “hit list’’ of four diseases listed for eradication and a Melbourne Rotarian is leading the charge to have Australia declared ”trachoma free’’ in the next decade. The world has only ever eradicated two diseases — smallpox and rinderpest. Trachoma, yaws, onchocerciasis and malaria are the four diseases listed as “eradicable in some parts of the world."

Cross-cutting

University don urges FG to establish centre for neglected tropical diseases

Victoria Nnakaike, Business Day (Nigeria)

Jacqueline Azumi Badaki, professor of Parasitology and Entomology has called for the establishment of a Center for Neglected Tropical Diseases with a focus on improved disease management in areas of diagnostics, preventive treatments, research and capacity building. Badaki made the call in her inaugural lecture titled: “The Endless War Between Neglected Tropical Diseases and Overlooked Populations” at the Federal University Lokoja (FUL), adding that the centre could address possible resurgence of the disease and take the lead in advocacy for improved financing of NTDs control and health policy researched that could inform new strategies for the on trolley and elimination of NTDs in the country.

Other

At least 200 dead, more than 130,000 infected: Peru battles major dengue outbreak

Natalie Neysa Alund, USA Today

Peru is battling its worst dengue outbreak on record with 200 people reported dead and at least 130,000 confirmed cases, the country's health ministry said. Most of the deaths have taken place in northern Peru, according to Reuters, where health officials said hospitals are "paralyzed" and medical personnel from across the country are flocking to treat those infected with the viral disease, transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Kyelem Prize Nominations

COR-NTD

As we prepare for the annual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD), we look forward especially to conferring the annual Kyelem Prize, named in honor of the late Dominique Kyelem, to an outstanding member of our community. Please review the selection process and criteria and submit your nominations by June 30 at 11:59 PM ET. 

WHO’s Global Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme Partners’ Meeting ends with stirring call for worldwide action

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Delegates and representatives left the Global Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme Partners’ Meeting with a stirring call to action from its director Dr. Ibrahima Socé Fall. As the multinational meeting, attended by some 300 key partners, came to an end in Geneva on Tuesday 13 June, Dr. Fall urged participants to take on board the message that, “if we do not challenge ourselves, we cannot evolve and improve.”

We're a Step Closer to Stopping a Parasite From Inflicting 'Sleeping Sickness'

Carly Cassella, Science Alert

It starts with an innocent bite from a tsetse fly – an all too common occurrence in sub-Saharan Africa. Before a person knows it, tiny microscopic parasites known as Trypanosoma are swimming in their bloodstream, playing "hide and seek" with their immune system.

Mapping gut parasitism patterns in a cohort of Egyptians

Eman S. El-Wakil, Rabab S. Zalat and Ayman A. El-Badry, Scientific Reports

In developing countries, the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infection is still significant, particularly due to geographical and socioeconomic variables. The objective of this study was to map the distribution pattern of intestinal parasitic infection in a cohort of the Egyptian population, as well as to assess associated risk factors.

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