Nigeria: The Impact of River Blindness on Garbabi Community
[Daily Trust] Jalingo -Story of communities with large population of people who have lost their sight because of over 50 years attack of river blindness
In the Solomon Islands, approximately 40 percent of the population of 550,000 could have active Trachoma. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS.By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Aug 19 2019 (IPS) Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched global consultations for a new Roadmap on how to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The roadmap would help achieve universal health coverage by 2030, address health emergencies and promote healthier populations. This intervention is unprecedented because it could begin to reverse the neglect and inequities that the 17 main NTDs bring. Many NTDs are debilitating and red...
[Monitor] The Health Minister, Dr Ruth Jane Aceng on Tuesday said that government is on track to eliminate river blindness burden in the country by next year but worried that they are still struggling with Bilharzia.
[Ghanaian Times] The Ghana Health Service (GHS) today begins a mass drug administration (MDA) for the control and prevention of some neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) across the country.
[Ghana Govt.] The Ghana Health Service (GHS), will from Monday, July 29, 2019, start a Mass Drug Administration (MDA) aimed at eradicating Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis) and Onchocerciasis (River Blindness).
by Robert Colebunders, Joseph Nelson Siewe Fodjo, Adrian Hopkins, An Hotterbeekx, Thomson L. Lakwo, Akili Kalinga, Makoy Yibi Logora, Maria-Gloria Bas áñez
Conclusions/SignificanceThese results suggest that the optimized EWT might be capable of reducing local vector black fly biting in areas commonly frequented by residents. Together with other recently developed methods of community directed vector control, the traps may augment ivermectin MDA, bringing the goal of onchocerciasis elimination within reach in much of Africa.
ConclusionsProgrammatic treatment and evaluation approaches, pioneered in the Americas, are the most efficient among the existing tools for elimination, and their broader use could catalyze the successful elimination of this disease in Africa.
ConclusionsNational programs need to regularly monitor and evaluate the performance and progress of their interventions, while envisaging the complete elimination of onchocerciasis from their territory. Factors hindering the targeted goal of interruption of parasite transmission need to be identified and remedial actions should be taken. If possible and appropriate, ATSs need to be implemented to accelerate disease elimination by 2025.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] There were lots of people suffering, needing help, but there was also fear. People were slow to trust.
ConclusionThe culture system we have established forO.volvulus young adult worms offers a promising new platform to advance drug discovery against the human filarial parasite,O.volvulus and thus supports the continuous pursuit for effective macrofilaricidal drugs. However, thisin vitro culturing system will have to be further validated for reproducibility before it can be rolled out as a drug screen for decision making in macrofilaricide drug development programs.