Climate change also has an impact on public health.
Scientists need to continue working across disciplines to find ways to disrupt disease transmission in the context of climate change.
Some tropical diseases can be treated with very inexpensive daily treatments yet remain common.
A cure for many tropical diseases was discovered 30 years ago this month. The drug is donated by its manufacturer. Why are we still dealing with neglected tropical diseases?
New World Health Organisation Director-General De Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
How will the World Health Organisation's Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus deal with the mounting challenges? Africa's academics have some tips.
The housing situation in remote communities worsens this highly contagious parasite.
Scabies was one of the scourges of those on the First Fleet, but no longer known for most in Australian society. However, in the far remote North, scabies infection is endemic.
Children living in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene account for 60% of people around the world infected with intestinal worms.
There's a growing body of evidence that shows we could be doing more for the close to billion children at risk of intestinal worms. We simply cannot afford to ignore it.
Children living in tropical countries and in poverty often have high rates of infection with the scabies mite.
Although a drug of known safety and efficacy is available, scabies still affects more than 100 million people across the world.
Buruli ulcer occurs mainly in areas close to stagnant water. Children under the age of 15 are often worst affected.
A century and a half after buruli ulcer was discovered, the disease continues to mystify scientists.
A father reads to his son while sitting under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes have undergone evolutionary changes due to long-lasting insecticide-treated nets.
Georgina Goodwin and Vestergaard Frandsen
Although there have been global efforts to eliminate parasites, some parasites and vectors will have survived attack because they have evolved resistance.
The collapse of Syria's health system is helping spread leishmaniasis but not in the way some media outlets have reported.
Tanzanian Seif Ramadhan is washed before being treated for elephantiasis.
The drug that led to two scientists wining the Nobel Prize for Physiology or medicine has made a significant difference for those suffering from elephantiasis and river blindness.
Improving maternal mortality and ending preventable deaths in children are some of the health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/Flickr
Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
A man undergoes “xenodiagnosis” for Chagas disease in the Argentine province of Corrientes. In this procedure, uninfected triatomine bugs feed on the blood of patients. Later examination of these insects may reveal parasites acquired from infected blood.
This parasitic infection is endemic in Central and South America, and can lead to serious health complications. Though rare in the US, incidence is starting to increase.
Ebola isn’t the only disease we need to worry about.
Some experts worry that the Ebola crisis is diverting attention and resources away from neglected diseases with a substantially larger disease incidence.
Onchocerca volvulus emerging from a blackfly’s antenna.
US Department of Agriculture
Onchocerciasis, or river blindness as it’s more commonly known, is a major public health problem in the wet tropics, and especially in tropical Africa. This eye and skin disease is caused by a filaria…
An adult black fly with the parasite Onchocerca volvulus coming out of the insect’s antenna.
United States Department of Agriculture
In sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Latin America, there is a parasitic worm that infects about 25m people, causing serious skin diseases, epilepsy and blindness. Known as Onchocerca volvulus, it can live…
In rural sub-Saharan Africa, a child who wants to succeed in school faces an uphill struggle. Families often lack the income they need to pay school fees and those who are fortunate enough to attend may…