Wednesday, October 18, 2017

(LML) InfoNTD monthly mail with the latest publications on cross-cutting issues and NTDs – October 2017

Leprosy Mailing List – October 18,  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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Ilse Egers
InfoNTD Information officer




WHO has added snakebite to the NTD list: these things need to happen next.
Author : Benjamin Waldmann
Benjamin Waldmann leads the snakebite campaign for Health Action International, including secretariat support for the Global Snakebite Initiative. Snakebite envenoming kills more than 125,000 people each year and leaves more than 400,000 victims with severe disability.
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New publications



Support needs of people living with Mycobacterium ulcerans (Buruli ulcer) disease in a Ghana rural community: a grounded theory study.
Hemingway A, Ersser SJ, Effah S. Int. J. Dermatol. 2017.
Abstract Mycobacterium Ulcerans (also known as Buruli ulcer) disease is a rare tropical skin disease which causes contracture and severe scarring and thus affect the functional activities of people who suffer from it as well as their quality of life. An assessment of the effects of BU on patients' quality of life helps health professionals to meet the needs of such patients. Therefore the aim of this paper is to assess the quality of life of people living with the consequences of Buruli ulcer (BU).
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Perceptions about interventions to control schistosomiasis among the Lake Victoria island communities of Koome, Uganda.
Sanya RE, Tumwesige E, Elliott AM, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(10):e0005982.
Abstract Praziquantel-based mass treatment is the main approach to controlling schistosomiasis mansoni in endemic areas. In this qualitative study, we investigated the perceptions of six Lake Victoria island communities of Koome, Uganda, about interventions to control Schistosoma mansoni infection and their willingness to participate in Schistosoma vaccine trials.
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Schistosomiasis in international refugees and migrant populations.
Adeel AA. Curr Trop Med Rep. 2017.
Abstract Importation of schistosomiasis by migrant populations is increasingly being recognized as a global health issue in non-endemic countries, with consequences for the infected individuals and for public health. The purpose of this review is to assess the extent of the problem and the possible ways to mitigate its impacts.
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Crossing the Billion. Preventive chemotherapy for neglected tropical diseases. (report)
World Health Organization. 2017.
Abstract Crossing the billion tells the story of a simple intervention that takes a massive effort to deliver. Preventive chemotherapy – one of the interventions deployed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat at least five diseases – involves administering six medicines in seven different combinations, making it possible to treat more than one disease at a time. This publication celebrates the 10 years since the strategy of combining preventive chemotherapy and integrating strategies to treat those diseases amenable to the intervention began.
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Constructions of stigma. (book chapter)
O'Reilly M, Lester JN. Examining mental health through social constructionism. 2017:137–167.
Abstract This chapter focuses on the concept of stigma as related to mental distress, as stigma has been of central concern to the field of mental health. The language and discourses of mental distress are intrinsically linked to stigma, prejudice, and discrimination, and our discussion focuses on the importance of stigma when presenting arguments about mental distress and language. In this chapter, we consider the central theorists in terms of their contribution to the study of stigma and mental distress.
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Neglected tropical diseases: exploring long term practical approaches to achieve sustainable disease elimination and beyond.
Ortu G, Williams O. Infect Dis Poverty. 2017; 6(1):147.
Abstract Remarkable progress has been made in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, but new challenges have emerged. Innovative diagnostics, better drugs and new insecticides are often identified as the priority; however, access to these new tools may not be sufficient to achieve and sustain disease elimination, if certain challenges and priorities are not considered.
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Estimating the prevalence and intensity of Schistosoma mansoni infection among rural communities in Western Tanzania: The influence of sampling strategy and statistical approach.
Bakuza JS, Denwood MJ, Nkwengulila G, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(9):e0005937.
Abstract Schistosoma mansoni is a parasite of major public health importance in developing countries, where it causes a neglected tropical disease known as intestinal schistosomiasis. However, the distribution of the parasite within many endemic regions is currently unknown, which hinders effective control. The purpose of this study was to characterize the prevalence and intensity of infection of S. mansoni in a remote area of western Tanzania.
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Household costs of hospitalized dengue illness in semi-rural Thailand.
Tozan Y, Ratanawong P, Sewe MO, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(9):e0005961.
Abstract Dengue-related illness is a leading cause of hospitalization and death in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, imposing a major economic burden on households, health systems, and governments. This study aims to assess the economic impact of hospitalized dengue cases on households in Chachoengsao province in eastern Thailand.
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Visceral leishmaniasis and HIV/AIDS in Brazil: Are we aware enough?
Leite de Sousa-Gomes M, Romero GAS, Werneck GL. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(9):e0005772.
Abstract The urbanization of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and the concurrent movement of the HIV infection to rural areas in Brazil are possible mechanisms associated with an increased number of Leishmania/HIV coinfected people. This study aimed to describe the clinical and epidemiological profile of VL/HIV coinfected patients and compare this profile to non-coinfected VL patients.
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Nationwide cross-sectional survey of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in Sudan: study protocol.
Cha S, Hong S-T, Lee Y-H, Lee KH, et al. BMC Public Health. 2017; 17(1):703.
Abstract Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STHs) are target neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) of preventive chemotherapy, but the control and elimination of these diseases have been impeded due to resource constraints. We present a detailed methodological description of the integrated mapping of schistosomiasis and STHs on the basis of our experiences, hoping that this protocol can be applied to future surveys in similar settings.
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Global health policy and neglected tropical diseases: Then, now, and in the years to come.
Fürst T, Salari P, Llamas LM, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(9):e0005759.
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Supporting local health decision making with spatial video: Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika risks in a data poor, informal community in Nicaragua.
Curtis A, Quinn M, Obenauer J, et al. Appl Geogr. 2017; 87:197-206.
Abstract One option that has previously been utilized to assess cholera risk is spatial video. Here it is used to map potential mosquito breeding sites in an endemic Dengue and Chikungunya, and emerging Zika impacted community. We show how this method can provide mapping support in the hands of non-specialist public health workers who, working in collaboration with out-of-area geographic information systems (GIS) teams, can identify where to target limited intervention resources.
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Project Zero
October 24, Webcast
The Carter Center
Experience two new, 360° virtual-reality videos from HuffPost's "Project Zero," which documents neglected tropical diseases, including the Carter Center's work on river blindness and lymphatic filariasis in Nigeria. A panel will discuss the challenges of eliminating the diseases worldwide and their experiences creating stories with this cutting-edge technology.
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Call for papers

Neglected Tropical Diseases and Human Rights
June 2018
Potential paper topics will focus specifically on NTDs and the right to health. Topics might include:

  • Specific case studies where rights-based approaches were used, including, for example, NTD program efforts to ensure community participation, or gender-based NTD efforts
  • Strengthening health systems to improve their capacity to respond to the human rights entitlements of people living with NTDs
  • Human rights based accountability mechanisms related to NTDs
  • Human rights informed advocacy efforts to expand NTD programs
  • Examination of NTD-related stigma and discrimination
  • Conducting NTD programs in conflict regions
  • Addressing disability associated with NTD morbidity

Papers will demonstrate strong methodological approaches, high writing quality, and robust rights-based analysis.

Submission Details

Questions about this special section can be directed to Joseph Amon at, David Addiss at, Alvaro Bermejo at or Carmel Williams, Executive Editor, Health and Human Rights Journal at

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