Global Distribution of Tropical Diseases

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Yaws  Click for RSS

Yaws is a chronic infection that affects mainly the skin, bone and cartilage. It is caused by a bacterium called Treponema pertenue that can be spread in conditions where there is overcrowding, poor personal hygiene and poor sanitation. The disease is rarely fatal; however, the skin lesions it causes can lead to chronic disfigurement and disability. Yaws occurs mainly in poor communities in warm, humid, tropical areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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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15 Sep 2009

Neglected Tropical Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa: Review of Their Prevalence, Distribution, and Disease Burden

A review demonstrates the high burden due to NTDs in Africa. The authors call for this category of diseases to be accorded a higher priority.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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28 May 2010

Public searches now possible of database of global R&D funding

Access to data from the G-FINDER survey will help funders and product developers better understand where funding gaps lie and how their investments fit into the global picture.
Source: George Institute

18 Mar 2010

In brief

Infectious diseases of poverty in the headlines.
Source: Media reports

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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?

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Research Articles

20 May 2010

New drugs still lacking for the infectious diseases of poverty

So far in the 21st century (and with the exception of malaria and AIDS), only four new products have become available for treating or preventing infections in poor communities.
Source: PLoS ONE
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15 Oct 2009

Prevalence Study of Yaws in the Democratic Republic of Congo

One in twenty people examined in a remote area of DRC had active cases of this serious infectious skin disease.
Source: PLoS ONE
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