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Title: Tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases in the African Region
Authors: Regional Committee for Africa, 59
Issue Date: 15-Jun-2011
Language: English
Abstract: Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of infectious diseases that are endemic in a number of developing countries including countries in the African Region. They are usually associated with heat and humidity in tropical settings as well as poverty and illiteracy. NTDs affect, almost exclusively, poor and powerless people living in the rural parts of low-income countries, and are given little attention, hence the term “neglected”. Most of them are vector-borne, transmitted by mosquitoes, black flies, sand flies, tsetse flies and snails. A few are transmitted through contaminated waters and soils.1 2. NTDs can be bacterial or parasitic. In the African Region, NTDs most frequently found are Guinea worm disease (targeted for eradication), leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, human African trypanosomiasis (targeted for elimination), schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, Buruli ulcer, yaws and other endemic treponematosis, leishmaniasis, and trachoma (targeted for control).
Description: Regional Committee for Africa Fifty-ninth Session Kigali, Republic of Rwanda, 31 August–4 September 2009: Provisional agenda item 8.8
Subject: Neglected Diseases
Communicable Disease Control
Regional Health Planning
Gov't Doc #: AFR/RC59/10
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