The two year old girl being examined for the possibility of leprosy in Marana, Madagascar,
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Neglected tropical diseases are often associated with social exclusion as well as physical suffering. One billion people around the world suffer from these diseases.
A nurse gives gives medicine, Ivermectin, against onchocerciasis or river blindness.
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While Nigeria has made progress in controlling some neglected tropical diseases, it should do more as it carries a heavy burden of these diseases.
Head nurse Luke Kanyang'areng’ with a visceral leishmaniasis patient at the Kacheliba Sub-County Hospital in Kenya.
Every year, 1.7 billion people, most in the world’s poorest areas, are affected by NTDs. The diseases cause suffering, stigma, disability and sometimes death.
The Stiletto Snake is one of the species found in Mozambique.
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Even by conservative estimates, Mozambique’s snakebite figures are far higher than previously thought.
Molecular research like that conducted at the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Nigeria is key to medical breakthroughs.
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Molecular research is expensive, but worth it because of the burden of disease that it could relieve.
A case of advanced liver pathology (hepatomegaly) due to schistosomiasis in a 5-year-old.
Prof Takafira Mduluza
Progress against neglected tropical diseases is now at real risk of reversal as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Relying on donor funding means that the funder ultimately determines the health priorities. This is one reason why many programmes in Africa focus on a single disease such as HIV.
A laboratory technician patient samples at the Amudat Hospital, Uganda. Laboratories are central to the delivery of high quality data in clinical trials.
Many of these diseases cause tremendous suffering and death – yet there’s still a lack of effective tools to diagnose, treat, and prevent them.
Every year, around 455 million get scabies. Not that you’d know, because no one talks about it.
Researchers operate inexpensive drones to ‘see’ the areas with the highest likelihood of parasites.
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Schistosome worms infect hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Researchers have discovered how to use inexpensive drones to identify disease hotspots in remote African villages.
Millions of young children get malaria. These two got it in 2010.
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There’s a big market for new treatments for TB, malaria and other ailments. But most of these diseases afflict low-income people unable to pay for medicine.
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.
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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.