Neglected Tropical Diseases

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Neglected Tropical Diseases


Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) encompass 17 bacterial, parasitic and viral diseases that occur solely, or principally in tropical regions. They are often termed ‘neglected’ as the people who are most affected are the poorest populations living in rural areas, urban slums and conflict zones.

Integrated case management

Integrated case management of neglected tropical diseases (CM-NTDs) is a combination of multiple approaches for five (5) NTD diseases that require individual case management. In order to make the best use of scarce resources, co-endemicity of diseases, similarity of symptoms, and presence of skin lesions in most of these conditions, integrated case management is needed and possible now more than ever.
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WHO/AFRO NTD Mapping Model - A cost effective approach to scaling up disease-burden surveys In order to accelerate mapping of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in the region, the WHO/AFRO NTD Project uses a three phase approach. The three phases include stakeholders’ meeting, mapping surveys and taking action.
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Water, sanitation and hygiene

Provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a key intervention within the global NTD roadmap, as it is critical in the prevention and the provision of care for all neglected tropical diseases. The potential of this intervention needs to be fully tapped if WHO's NTD roadmap targets are to be met. WASH is especially needed where transmission is most closely linked to poor conditions for diseases such as the soil-transmitted helminthiases, schistosomiasis, trachoma and lymphatic filariasis. The Department…
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