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

Soil transmitted helminthiases  Click for RSS

Several species of helminth (a type of worm) can become parasites of the human intestine. They include Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura and the hookworms. Their eggs pass out in the faeces and can contaminate the soil, leading to re-infection. The soil-transmitted helminths produce a wide range of symptoms including diarrhoea, abdominal pain, general malaise and weakness, and in some cases anaemia. It is estimated that over one billion people are infected worldwide.

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 Jan 2010

Disease control in Haiti after the earthquake

The burden of infectious disease in Haiti is already the worst in the Americas region. Will this new disaster disrupt long-term efforts to bring these diseases under control?

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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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4 Jan 2011

Routine treatment of pregnant women for worms: is it worthwhile?

Routine treatment of pregnant women for worm infections has been recommended, but researchers who conducted a recent trial conclude that the practice has no value.
Source: Lancet
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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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