Tanzania: Tanzania Records Achievements in Addressing NTDs
[Daily News] TANZANIA : TANZANIA has largely reduced Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), including lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths, trachoma, elephantiasis and hydrocele. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 21, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: East Africa Health and Medicine Tanzania Source Type: news

Nigeria: The Climate-Health Nexus - Time to Build Evidence for Global Health Action
[Nigeria Health Watch] Editor's note: In the run-up to COP 28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) later this year, Nigeria Health Watch, interviewed Simon Bland, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE), a partnership between the President of the UAE and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. GLIDE works to progress disease elimination and eradication in endemic countries, with a particular focus on malaria, polio, lymphatic filariasis, and river blindness. Simon Bland shares his (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 24, 2023 Category: African Health Tags: Climate Environment Health and Medicine Nigeria West Africa Source Type: news

Successful management of poisoning with ivermectin (Mectizan) in the Obala health district (Centre Region, Cameroon): a case report - Donfo-Azafack C, Nana-Djeunga HC, Wafeu-Sadeu G, Dongmo-Yemele R, Kamgno J.
BACKGROUND: Ivermectin (Mectizan) is an anthelmintic drug that plays a major role in the fight against two major filarial diseases, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis. Unlike previous drugs that had serious and sometimes fatal side effects, ivermectin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 19, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

A syndemic born of war: combining intersectionality and structural violence to explore the biosocial interactions of neglected tropical diseases, disability and mental distress in Liberia - Dean L, Theobald S, Nallo G, Bettee A, Kollie K, Tolhurst R.
The intersections between NTDs, disability, and mental ill-health are increasingly recognised globally. Chronic morbidity resultant from many NTDs, particularly those affecting the skin-including lymphatic filariasis (LF), leprosy, Buruli ulcer (BU) and on... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 28, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

“ I Was Blind, But Now I See ” – Celebrating Malawi’s Progress on World NTD Day
Vainesi, a former trachoma trichiasis patient, cheers in celebration knowing that trachoma has been eliminated in Malawi. Vainesi had suffered with the pain caused by trachoma for 10 years before a local disability mobiliser encouraged her to go to the hospital for treatment. By Lazarus McCarthy ChakweraLILONGWE, Jan 30 2023 (IPS) “I was blind, but now I see.” This is what Vainesi, from Salima District in Central Malawi, said after surgery to treat trachoma. A mother of three, Vainesi had been unable to work or provide for her family once the disease began to affect her eyesight. Vainesi is one of millions of Malawians...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 30, 2023 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera Tags: Africa Development & Aid Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Africa: Eliminating Neglected Diseases in Africa - There Are Good Reasons for Hope
[The Conversation Africa] Togo had reason to celebrate in 2022 when it became the first country in the world to eliminate four neglected tropical diseases. The west African nation stamped out Guinea worm disease in 2011, lymphatic filariasis in 2017, sleeping sickness in 2020, and trachoma last year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 27, 2023 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Lymphatic filariasis not neglected disease for India, multi-drug administration to be held twice a year: Mandaviya
As part of its commitment to eliminate the disease by end of 2027, the health ministry has come up with a renewed five-pronged strategy as part of which multi-drug administration (MDA) will be held twice a year in synchronisation with National Deworming Day on February 10 and August 10, Mandaviya said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - January 13, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Community views on mass drug administration for filariasis: a qualitative evidence synthesis
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 (Source: Cochrane News and Events)
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 12, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Paolo Rosati Source Type: news

Tanzania: Govt Steps Up Efforts to Curb Ntds
[Daily News] THE government has come up with strategies to ensure that at least 60 surgeries will be done every day for people who suffer with lymphatic filariasis, as a move to fasten the process of eliminating the problem by the year 2030. Deputy Minister for Health, Dr Godwin Mollel made the remarks at Nyerere Square grounds in Dodoma yesterday, during the climax to commemorate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), which is cerebrated every January 30 worldwide. He said currently, the government has facilitated all re (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 1, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Why It's Hard to End Elephantiasis, a Debilitating Disease Spread By Mosquitoes
[The Conversation Africa] Lymphatic filariasis is one of the world's leading causes of permanent and long-term disability. Sometimes referred to as Elephantiasis tropica, it is a neglected and stigmatised mosquito-borne disease. It damages the human lymphatic system, leading to disfiguring swelling of limbs, breasts and genitals. Despite a decade of World Health Organisation (WHO)-led drug administration to halt its spread, the disease is endemic in 72 countries, puts about 1.4 billion at risk and affects about 120 million people. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 31, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ivermectin treatment in humans for reducing malaria transmission
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Malaria still kills millions. Researchers are excited by a new intervention: giving people a drug which kills mosquitoes that bite them. Incredibly, this is a reality, as the drug ivermectin, widely used for the control of parasite infections such as lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis, appears to do this. With some mosquitoes now resistant to the insecticides used in treated bed nets, this is a potentially important new control measure. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Infrared imaging to detect lymphatic filariasis
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Researchers from LSTM's Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases (CNTD) have been using an infrared thermal imaging camera to detect subclinical cases and predict the progression of lymphatic filariasis in Bangladesh. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Improving tests for tropical worm diseases aim of $2.95 million grant
(Washington University School of Medicine) Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have received a grant to develop better diagnostic tests for worm infections as part of an international effort to eliminate two tropical infectious diseases: lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 6, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Traditional Ghanaian medicines show promise against tropical diseases
(PLOS) The discovery of new drugs is vital to achieving the eradication of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa and around the world. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have identified traditional Ghanaian medicines which work in the lab against schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis, three diseases endemic to Ghana. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 31, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Biomedical scientists piece together how medication paralyzes parasitic worms
(Iowa State University) A new study upends the widely held belief that a medication used to treat lymphatic filariasis doesn't directly target the parasites that cause the disease. The research shows the medication, diethylcarbamazine, temporarily paralyzes the parasites. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 18, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news