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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Trachoma is one of the commonest causes of blindness worldwide. It is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis which spreads through contact with eye discharge from an infected person and through flies. The infection can scare the inside of the eyelid so severely that it turns inward and the lashes rub on the eye and damage the cornea. Trachoma affects about 84 million people, of whom about 8 million are visually impaired.

Review Articles

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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2 Dec 2009

Trachoma: there’s progress to report discusses some encuraging recent research findings on the world’s biggest infectious cause of blindness.

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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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24 Feb 2011

Online global atlas shows prevalence of leading infectious cause of blindness

Efforts to control and eliminate trachoma will be assisted by the launch of a map showing the distribution and prevalence of the disease.
Source: International Trachoma Initiative

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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

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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10 Dec 2010

Trachoma rate cut by 90% using azithromycin eye drops

A study in Cameroon has demonstrated that the antibiotic azithromycin, usually given orally, can also be effective in the form of eye drops.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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