Global Distribution of Tropical Diseases

Communities of practice Partnerships

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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Schistosomiasis is also known as bilharzia after Theodor Bilharz, who first identified the parasite in Egypt in 1851. Infection is widespread with a relatively low mortality rate, but a high morbidity rate, causing severe debilitating illness in millions of people. The disease is often associated with water resource development projects, such as dams and irrigation schemes, where the snail intermediate hosts of the parasite breed.

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?

13 Oct 2009

Schistosomiasis in Africa: An Emerging Tragedy in Our New Global Health Decade

Fewer than 5% of Africans with schistosomiasis are receiving the treatment they need.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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Research Articles

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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25 May 2010

Tanzanian study confirms that parasitic coinfection is commonplace

Over a quarter of school children who were tested were found to be afflicted by two or more parasitic species.
Source: Parasites & Vectors
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18 Dec 2009

Neglected disease research & development: new times, new trends

The global budget for research into the infectious diseases of poverty is little changed and AIDS continues to receive a disproportionately large share of the total. But India and Brazil are emerging as key players, particular for the more neglected diseases.
Source: George Institute
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