Global Distribution of Tropical Diseases

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South-South Initiative for Tropical Diseases Research
Initiative to Strengthen Health Research Capacity in Africa (ISHReCA)
Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA)
Research Partnerships for Neglected Diseases of Poverty

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Onchocerciasis is the world’s second leading infectious cause of blindness. Rarely life-threatening, the disease causes chronic suffering and severe disability. In Africa, it constitutes a serious obstacle to socioeconomic development. It is often called river blindness because of its most extreme manifestation and because the blackflies that transmit the disease abound in riverside areas, where they breed in fast-flowing waters. Fertile riverine areas are frequently abandoned for fear of the disease.

Review Articles

6 Dec 2010

Neglect of the social context

The neglected tropical diseases are attracting more research funding but the focus is still on simple biomedical interventions, ignoring the social context in which these diseases occur.
Source: Health Research Policy and Systems
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2 Jun 2010

Do the poor benefit from infectious disease programmes?

When interventions are planned, insufficient thought is given as to whether the poorest and most vulnerable members of society will benefit, according to the findings of a new review of the evidence. The reviewers call for more research to assess which infectious disease programmes benefit the poor and to identify the mechanisms that determine “pro-poor effectiveness”.
Source: Journal
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28 Feb 2011

Prospects good for the elimination of six neglected tropical diseases in the Americas

If health surveillance systems are strengthened and mapping is used to identify “hotspots", then elimination is possible of lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, rabies, trachoma, and soil-transmitted parasites.
Source: Pan American Health Organization ; PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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18 Nov 2010

Reactions to the WHO report on neglected tropical diseases

What is the place for research in global efforts to control neglected tropical diseases?

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Editorial Opinions

24 Feb 2011

Funding research into the infectious diseases of poverty: what happens now?

The latest G-FINDER report says that funding for basic scientific research has increased but finances available for product development have fallen. How can funders determine where the greatest needs lie and work more closely together?

15 May 2009

Rescuing the bottom billion through control of neglected tropical diseases

Ninety per cent of the NTD disease burden is caused by seven diseases all of which are amenable to control, but increased investment will be needed.
Source: Lancet
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Research Articles

18 Jul 2011

Ivermectin—now an anti-malarial, too

New research says the cheap, commonly-used endectocide could dramatically reduce transmission

21 Jan 2011

Expert opinion split, as study revives an old debate

Researchers claim to have shown that “vertical” disease control programmes distort national policies and erode countries’ ability to provide basic care.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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26 Jan 2009

Onchocerciasis control: vision for the future from a Ghanaian perspective

Report from a meeting intended to set the research agenda for onchocerciasis control.
Source: Parasites & Vectors
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