Neglected Tropical Diseases


The Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Programme provides technical orientation, support and guidance to Member States in the WHO African Region in order to contribute to the prevention, control, elimination and eradication of Neglected Tropical Diseses (NTDs) and Zoonoses.

Rabies infographic 2015WHO joins international calls to invest more in defeating human rabies transmitted by dogs

28 September 2015 - The World Health Organization (WHO), The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) unite in urging countries to develop appropriate investment strategies to eliminate human rabies - a disease mainly transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected dog and is widespread in low-income countries, with little or no domestic dog management or vaccination programmes.

Brazzaville, 16 July 2015 – A high level delegation from Merck, a drug pharmaceutical company donating Praziquantel (PZQ) tablets for schistosomiasis control and elimination, has today paid a courtesy call to the World Health Organization Regional Office in Djoue, Brazzaville where they were received by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa.

Drugs for GabonNeglected tropical diseases medicine and equipment donation, Libreville, 30 March 2015

WHO donated 478 866 tablets of mebendazole and 603 000 tablets of Praziquantel, microscopes, rapid diagnostic tests, and other laboratory equipment to Gabon Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on Monday, 30 March 2015 to support ongoing country’s efforts to identify neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) communities and provide the needed care through either treatment or case management.

ntd20mayGuninea worm disease: Health Ministers renew commitment to break transmission by year-end, Geneva, 20 May 2015

Ministers of Health of guinea worm disease-affected countries have reiterated their commitment to breaking transmission of the disease by the end of 2015.  From 1 January to 30 April 2015, only three confirmed cases have been reported to WHO.  The four endemic countries reported a total of 126 confirmed cases in 2014: Chad (13 cases), Ethiopia (3), Mali (40) and South Sudan (70). Addressing the sub-session on eradicating guinea worm and getting to zero transmission in 2015, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa congratulated all countries for the significant progress made in eliminating guinea worm disease. 

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