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Neglected Tropical Diseases: Progress towards Addressing the Chronic Pandemic

Thursday, 15 Sep 2016

 

Emeritus Prof. David Molyneux of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine reviews Neglected Tropical Diseases: Progress towards Addressing the Chronic Pandemic, in The Lancet.  

Together with Dr Lorenzo Savioli of The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance and Dirk Engels who heads the Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) at WHO, they discuss progress made thus far highlighting the need for collaboration with other sectors. They emphasise the need for a comprehensive approach towards control and elimination to ensure the health targets for NTDs within the Sustainable Development Goals are achieved but pointing out the challenges facing the endemic countries and their partners in achieving WHO Roadmap goals. 

This review is an update on The Lancet Issue of January 2010 edited by Prof. Molyneux which contributed to a raised the profile for NTDs.

The Lancet Series of 2010 suggested that NTDs were at their tipping point. The series included papers on the  Socioeconomic aspects of NTDs, the role of partnerships and a review  on integrating the control of NTDs to health-care systems, to which COUNTDOWN’s Dr Margaret Gyapong, Director of Dodowa Research Centre contributed, a topic which is core to COUNTDOWN research objectives.

Watch Prof. David Molyneux’s interview on this paper and his take on the role the pharmaceutical industry can play to help fight NTDs.