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FW: (LML) InfoNTD monthly e-newsletter on NTDs and cross-cutting issues, October 2018


Leprosy Mailing List – October 5,  2018

Ref.: (LML)  InfoNTD monthly e-newsletter on NTDs and cross-cutting issues, October 2018

From:  Ilse Egers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Dear colleagues,

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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New publications



Community knowledge and perceptions about Buruli ulcers in Obom Sub-District of the Ga South Municipality in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
Koka E. Adv Appl Sociol. 2018; 8(9):621-645.
Abstract Community knowledge and perceptions of the cause and consequently the appropriate measure to remedy an ailment determine whom people turn to for advice, help, information and treatment when bogged down with a disease. The purpose of the study was to describe community knowledge and perceptions about Buruli ulcer (BU) and how to prevent Buruli ulcer in the Obom sub-district of Ghana.
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Knowledge, stigma, health seeking behaviour and its determinants among patients with post kalaazar dermal leishmaniasis, Bihar, India.
Garapati P, Pal B, Siddiqui NA, et al. PLoS ONE. 2018; 13(9):e0203407.
Abstract Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease endemic in Bihar, India. Inappropriate health seeking behaviour of post kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) patients may increase the disease duration, severity and transmissibility. Simultaneously, lack of knowledge and perceived stigma may also increase the length of delay in receiving treatment. This ultimately effects the kala-azar elimination program.
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Shadow puppets and neglected diseases: Evaluating a health promotion performance in rural Indonesia.
Kurscheid J, Bendrups D, Susilo J, et al. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018; 15(9).
Abstract 'Rama and the Worm' is a shadow puppet production targeting neglected diseases in Central Java. It is an entertainment-based intervention study to promote health by reducing the impact of parasitic diseases such as soil-transmitted helminths (STH). The study uses traditional Javanese shadow puppetry () as a vehicle in village communities to disseminate health messages and promote behaviour change to prevent diseases caused, primarily, by inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
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Implementing active community-based surveillance-response system for Buruli ulcer early case detection and management in Ghana.
Ahorlu CSK, Okyere D, Ampadu E. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018; 12(9):e0006776.
Abstract Buruli Ulcer (BU) is one of the most neglected debilitating tropical diseases caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, which causes considerable morbidity and disability. Building on earlier findings that community-based interventions could enhance case detection and reduce treatment dropout and defaulter rates, we established an active surveillance-response system in an endemic sub-district in the Ga West municipality of Ghana to enhance early case detection, diagnosis and treatment to reduce or eliminate severe ulcers and its related disabilities.
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Coinfections and comorbidities in African health systems: At the interface of infectious and noninfectious diseases.
Osakunor DNM, Sengeh DM, Mutapi F. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018; 12(9):e0006711.
Abstract There is a disease epidemiological transition occurring in Africa, with increasing incidence of noninfectious diseases, superimposed on a health system historically geared more toward the management of communicable diseases. The persistence and sometimes emergence of new pathogens allows for the occurrence of coinfections and comorbidities due to both infectious and noninfectious diseases. There is therefore a need to rethink and restructure African health systems to successfully address this transition.
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Towards elimination of lymphatic filariasis in southeastern Madagascar: Successes and challenges for interrupting transmission.
Garchitorena A, Raza-Fanomezanjanahary EM, Mioramalala SA, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018; 12(9):e0006780.
Abstract A global strategy of mass drug administration (MDA) has greatly reduced the burden of lymphatic filariasis (LF) in endemic countries. In Madagascar, the National Programme to eliminate LF has scaled-up annual MDA of albendazole and diethylcarbamazine across the country in the last decade, but its impact on LF transmission has never been reported. The objective of this study was to evaluate progress towards LF elimination in southeastern Madagascar.
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Coherence between research output and public health priorities: the case of neglected tropical diseases in Brazil.
de Fonseca BP, Albuquerque PC, Zicker F. Leiden University Repository. 2018:1090-1099.
Abstract The article contributes to the ongoing discussion on research evaluation, policy priorities, agenda setting and NTD elimination, in alignment with the United Nations sustainable development  goals (SDG 2030). The assessment of coherence between health research promotion and public health needs serves as an important guidance for funders, donors and scientific community.
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Podoconiosis pathogenesis: renewed use of an historical archive.
Yardy A, Williams AT, Davey G. Trans. R. Soc. Trop. Med. Hyg. 2018; 112(9):417-418.
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Feasibility of school-based health education intervention to improve the compliance to mass drug administration for lymphatic Filariasis in Lalitpur district, Nepal: A mixed methods among students, teachers and health program manager.
Karki P, Prabandari YS, Probandari A, et al. PLoS ONE. 2018; 13(9):e0203547.
Abstract Ensuring reduction in transmission of lymphatic Filariasis (LF) and addressing the compliance of people to mass drug administration (MDA) has led to renewed efforts in the field. School-based health education (SBHE) intervention, considered a cost-effective strategy with potential to reach the wider public through young people, was adopted as a strategy for social mobilization.
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Rural youths' understanding of gene x environmental contributors to heritable health conditions: The case of podoconiosis in Ethiopia.
Engdawork K, McBride CM, Ayode D, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018; 12(9):e0006763.
Abstract Assess the feasibility of engaging youth to disseminate accurate information about gene by environmental (GxE) influences on podoconiosis, a neglected tropical lymphedema endemic in southern Ethiopia.
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Establishing an international laboratory network for neglected tropical diseases: Understanding existing capacity in five WHO regions.
Dean L, Njelesani J, Mulamba C, et al. F1000Res. 2018; 7:1464.
Download This study aimed to identify laboratories within five World Health Organisation regions (South-East Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Americas, Western Pacific and Europe) that provide NTD services and could be regarded as national or regional reference laboratories, and to conduct a survey to document their networks and capacity to support NTD programmes.
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Misconceptions and paradoxes in soil-transmitted helminthiases control as a public health problem.
Krolewiecki AJ. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018; 12(9):e0006672.
Abstract Soil-transmitted helminthiases (STHs) constitute a public health problem that requires immediate action to resolve the morbidity of those harboring the parasites in their guts, to prevent infection in all those at risk, and to interrupt the vicious circle of poverty and disease in the affected communities, structural poverty being the main determinant of this group of infectious diseases.
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Improving the control of snakebite envenomation in Latin America and the Caribbean: a discussion on pending issues.
Gutiérrez JM, Fan HW. Trans. R. Soc. Trop. Med. Hyg. 2018:1-4.
Abstract Snakebite envenomations represent a public health problem of great impact, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and some regions of Oceania. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is building a regional plan to confront this neglected disease. The main pending issues to deal with snakebite envenomation in this region are discussed in this editorial, with the aim of highlighting areas where urgent actions are required.
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CBM Neglected Tropical Diseases – Annual report.
CBM. 2018.
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The development of a mobile application to support peripheral health workers to diagnose and treat people with skin diseases in resource-poor settings.
Mieras L, Taal A, Post E, et al. Trop Med Infect Dis. 2018; 3(3):102.
Abstract Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR) has developed a mobile phone application called the 'SkinApp', which aims to support peripheral health workers to recognize the early signs and symptoms of skin diseases, including skin NTDs, and to start treatment promptly or refer for more advanced diagnostic testing or disease management when needed. Further research is needed to determine how greatly mHealth in general and the SkinApp in particular can contribute to improved health outcomes, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.
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Evaluating temporal patterns of snakebite in Sri Lanka: the potential for higher snakebite burdens with climate change.
Ediriweera DS, Diggle PJ, Kasturiratne A, et al. Int J Epidemiol. 2018: 1-10.
Abstract Snakebite is a neglected tropical disease that has been overlooked by healthcare decision makers in many countries. Previous studies have reported seasonal variation in hospital admission rates due to snakebites in endemic countries including Sri Lanka, but seasonal patterns have not been investigated in detail.
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Sociocultural dynamics that influence Chagas disease health care in Colombia.
Martínez-Parra AG, Pinilla-Alfonso MY, Abadía-Barrero CE. Soc Sci Med. 2018; 215:142-150.
Abstract Chagas disease (CD) is a Latin America endemic and neglected tropical disease that affects primarily poor people living in rural areas. Its current low profile leads to many diagnostic, treatment, and control challenges. This study aimed to identify and characterize the sociocultural dynamics that influence CD health care in Colombia.
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The skin — A common pathway for integrating diagnosis and management of NTDs.
Chandler D, Fuller L. Trop Med Infect Dis. 2018; 3(3):101.
Abstract Many of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have major skin manifestations. These skin-related NTDs or 'skin NTDs' cause significant morbidity and economic hardship in some of the poorest communities worldwide. We draw attention to the collective burden of skin disease and suggest that the skin be used as a platform for the integration of control activities for NTDs.
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Neglected tropical diseases: treating more than one billion people in 2017
03 October 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has published data for 2017 showing that more than 1 billion individuals were treated during mass drug administration campaigns for at least one of five1 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that are amenable to preventive chemotherapy. Read more
Trachoma elimination: Iranians triumph against the world's leading infectious cause of blindness.
25 September 2018 | Tehran | Cairo | Geneva -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has validated the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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AfriKADIA is a consortium created to find improved treatments and diagnostic tools for visceral leishmaniasis in eastern Africa.




2018 COR-NTD Meeting
26 Oct - 27 Oct 2018 | New Orleans, Louisiana

The 2018 COR-NTD Meeting will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 26-27 with the theme of "Engage to Eliminate."


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