Thursday, June 15, 2017

(LML) InfoNTD information on cross-cutting issues in NTDs, June 2017

Leprosy Mailing List – June 15,  2017

Ref.: (LML) InfoNTD information on cross-cutting issues in NTDs, June 2017  

From:  Ilse Egers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Dear Pieter,



This newsletter provides you with a selection of news items and recent publications on cross-cutting issues in NTDs. Our starting point is to add articles covering a wide variety of issues. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to a limited diversity in and shortage of articles on cross-cutting issues and NTDs.

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Kind regards,
Ilse Egers
InfoNTD Information officer






From: CBM global News
Mental health, stigma, and Neglected Tropical Diseases
This article addresses cross-cutting issues in NTDs including stigma, discrimination, and mental health - to raise the profile of the links between these two neglected fields.
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New publications



Prevalence of depression and associated clinical and socio-demographic factors in people living with lymphatic filariasis in Plateau State, Nigeria.
Obindo J, Abdulmalik J, Nwefoh E, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(6):e0005567.
Abstract Lymphatic filariasis is a chronic, disabling and often disfiguring condition that principally impacts the world's poorest people. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and severity of depression among individuals with physical disfigurement from lymphatic filariasis in Plateau State, Nigeria. Prevalence of depression is high among individuals with lymphatic filariasis and depression in sufferers is associated with low self-esteem and low levels of life satisfaction.
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Health related quality of life among patients with lymphatic filariasis.
Harichandrakumar KT, Kumaran M. Int J Health Sci Res. 2017; 7(3):256-268.
Abstract Lymphatic Filariasis is a major public health problem and the two major chronic manifestations are lymphoedema and hydrocele. The objective of the present study was to assess the HRQoL among filarial lymphoedema patients and to compare with age, gender and occupation matched normal individuals. The existing morbidity management programme should broaden its domain by incorporating programmes to improve the quality of life in all the aspects such as physical, mental and social well being of the patients.
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The impact of health promotion on trachoma knowledge, attitudes and practice (KAP) of staff in three work settings in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
Lange FD, Jones K, Ritte R, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(5):e0005503.
Abstract Globally, trachoma is the leading cause of infectious blindness and Australia is the only developed country with endemic trachoma. Lack of culturally appropriate health promotion, a small trachoma workforce and lack of awareness and support for trachoma elimination in general, were early barriers. Health promotion was associated with increased trachoma knowledge, attitude and practice amongst health, education and community support staff working with children and in remote NT communities.
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Health beliefs of school-age rural children in podoconiosis-affected families: A qualitative study in Southern Ethiopia.
Tora A, Tadele G, Aseffa A et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(5):e0005564.
Abstract Several studies have suggested investigation of health beliefs in children to be an important pre-condition for primary prevention of disease. However, little effort has been made to understand these in the context of podoconiosis. This study therefore aimed to explore the health beliefs of school-age rural children in podoconiosis-affected families. Health education interventions may enhance school-age children's health literacy and be translated to preventive action.
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Discourse in Action: Parents’ use of medical and social models to resist disability stigma.
Manago B, Davis JL, Goar C. Soc Sci Med. 2017.
Abstract We examine how parents of children with disabilities deploy deflections and challenges, and how their stigma resistance strategies combine with available models of disability discourse. In this study, we examine 117 instances of stigmatization from 40 interviews with 43 parents, and document how parents respond. We find that challenges and deflections do not map cleanly onto the social or medical models.
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Who self-identifies as disabled? An examination of impairment and contextual predictors.
Bogart KR, Rottenstein A, Lund EM, et al. Rehabil Psycholet. 2017.
Abstract According to Social Identity Theory, minority group members, like people with disabilities, manage stigma by either "passing" as majority group members or identifying with their minority group. Supporting the ICF proposition that disability results from a combination of impairment and contextual factors, disability identification was predicted by severity, age, income, and stigma. Stigma partially mediated the relationship between severity and identification. Stigma and severity were the strongest predictors of disability identification.
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The impact of sanitation on infectious disease and nutritional status: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Freeman MC, Garn JV, Sclar GD, et al. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2017.
Abstract Sanitation aims to sequester human feces and prevent exposure to fecal pathogens. More than 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to improved sanitation facilities and almost one billion practice open defecation. We undertook systematic reviews and meta-analyses to compile the most recent evidence on the impact of sanitation on diarrhea, soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections, trachoma, schistosomiasis, and nutritional status assessed using anthropometry.
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Advances in Parasitology measuring the effect of soil-transmitted helminth infections on cognitive function in children: Systematic review and critical appraisal of evidence.
Owada K, Nielsen M, Lau CL, et al. Elsevier. 2017.
Abstract Recently the role of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections in children's cognitive developmental impairment has been under scrutiny. We conducted a systematic review of the evidence for associations between STH infections and cognitive function of children using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses protocol. The current study highlights the need for methodological consensus in the use of measurement tools and data analysis protocols if the effect of STH infections on cognitive function domains in children is to be correctly established.
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NTD policy priorities: Science, values, and agenda setting.
Iltis AS, Matthews KRW. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(5):e0005431.
Abstract Efficient and effective implementation of strategies to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the cycle of poverty, and the political instability they perpetuate requires cogent public policy. Developing cogent NTD policy requires a clear agenda and set of priorities. In this article, we highlight value judgments relevant at the agenda-setting stage of the NTD policy process and describe why NTD researchers and physicians ought to participate in this process.
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Associations between selective attention and soil-transmitted helminth infections, socioeconomic status, and physical fitness in disadvantaged children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa: An observational study.
Gall S, Müller I, Walter C, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(5):e0005573.
Abstract Socioeconomically deprived children are at increased risk of ill-health associated with sedentary behavior, malnutrition, and helminth infection. The present study examines how socioeconomic status (SES), parasitic worm infections, stunting, food insecurity, and physical fitness are associated with selective attention and academic achievement in school-aged children.
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Are public-private partnerships the solution to tackle neglected tropical diseases? A systematic review of the literature.
Aerts C, Sunyoto T, Tediosi F, et al. Health Policy. 2017.
Abstract The challenges posed by NTDs have led to the proliferation of a variety of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the last decades. We conducted a systematic review to assess the functioning and impact of these partnerships on the development of and access to better technologies for NTDs. Our systematic review revealed a clear lack of empirical assessment of PPPs: no impact evaluation analyses could be found, which are crucial to realize the full potential of PPPs and to progress further towards NTDs elimination.
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Lessons from a 15-year-old boy with advanced schistosomiasis japonica in China: a case report.
Song L, Wu X, Ning A, et al. Parasitol. Res. 2017.
Abstract Schistosomiasis is a chronic, parasitic disease caused by flukes (trematodes) of the genus Schistosoma, which presents the most important global burden of the 17 neglected tropical diseases listed by the World Health Organization. In this paper, it is reported an advanced schistosomiasis japonica case of a 15-year-old boy which is extremely rare in the current schistosomiasis control in China. Thus, it is supposed to strengthen health education of school children and to train professional physicians of local hospitals.
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The future of drug development for neglected tropical diseases: How the European Commission can continue to make a difference.
Pierce RJ, MacDougall J, Leurs R, et al. Trends Parasitol. 2017.
Abstract In this article, the four coordinators of neglected tropical disease (NTD) drug development projects funded under the European Commission (EC) Framework Programme 7 argue that the EC should reassess their funding strategy to cover the steps necessary to translate a lead compound into a drug candidate for testing in clinical trials, and suggest ways in which this might be achieved.
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Associations between selective attention and soil-transmitted helminth infections, socioeconomic status, and physical fitness in disadvantaged children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa: An observational study.
Gall S, Müller I, Walter C et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(5):e0005573.
Abstract The present study examines how socioeconomic status (SES), parasitic worm infections, stunting, food insecurity, and physical fitness are associated with selective attention and academic achievement in school-aged children.
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Social relationships, mental health and wellbeing in physical disability: a systematic review.
Tough H, Siegrist J, Fekete C. BMC Public Health. 2017; 17(1):414.
Abstract The aim of this study is to systematically review quantitative studies exploring associations of social relationships with mental health and wellbeing in persons with physical disabilities. This review indicates that social relationships play an important role in mental health and wellbeing in persons with disabilities, although findings are less consistent than in general populations and strength of associations vary between constructs.
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28th International Nursing Research Congress
27-31 July 2017, Dublin Ireland
On Sunday, 30 July: Meta-Synthesis of Studies on Self-Stigma in Chronic Disease
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Advanced Residential Course on Poverty-Related and Neglected Tropical Diseases
July 17-August 4, 2017, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
The Course is addressed to professionals active or interested in public health, with diverse cultural and scientific background and competence. The Course is a practical opportunity to acquire a solid knowledge and a critical understanding on PR&NTD, thanks to the expertise of a high quality teaching team made of African and European lecturers with firsthand experience in the domain.
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