Author Archives: Francis Peel

Free Training Materials – Improving NTD mapping by integrating case-management and disease data

Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health recently hosted an innovative disease mapping training course to equip public health specialists with the skills needed to map and manage the incidence and treatment of six neglected tropical diseases. The 4 day course was taught … Continue reading

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New modelling approach to identifying Loa loa prevalence

A major challenge facing mass drug administration (MDA) programmes targeting the control and elimination of lymphatic filariasis or onchocerciasis is the serious adverse – sometimes life threatening – reactions that this treatment can have on people who are also infected with loisasis. … Continue reading

Innovative TUMIKIA research project nears completion

Over the past two years, researchers from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Kenya Medical Research Institute have been conducting one of the largest research project of its type to answer the question of how best to … Continue reading

Business Daily Africa focuses on Kenya’s deworming efforts

Kenya’s Ministry of Health is urging Kenyans to undergo regular deworming – at least once a year – so as to avoid complications brought about by intestinal worms. The parasites deplete the body of vital nutrients or impede their absorption, leading … Continue reading

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ESPEN’s NTD website goes live

Global Trachoma Mapping Project supported The World Health Organisation’s Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN)* have launched a new open-access AFRO NTD portal mapping the prevalence of the five most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in 37 African countries. Launched at … Continue reading

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A new initiative to map a little known disease brings hope of elimination

Even amongst public health professionals podoconiosis (or endemic non-filarial elephantiasis) is one of the more neglected of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).  But much like the better-known polio or guinea-worm disease, the elimination of this debilitating condition is within sight. This … Continue reading

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School Health Webinar Series – World Malaria Day Special

19 April 2017 The FRESH School Health and Nutrition webinar series provides monthly presentations by leading policy makers, researchers and implementers engaged in improving the health and education of children in low and middle income countries across the globe. To mark World To … Continue reading

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How do women perceive the risks and rewards of deworming during pregnancy?

It is unfortunately common practice for women of reproductive age to be excluded from neglected tropical disease (NTD) control programmes. This is in part due to a lack of information about how women perceive the risks and rewards of treatment. … Continue reading

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How innovations in statistical approaches are helping to eliminate elephantiasis

Dr Emanuele Giorgi describes how a new approach for developing predictive models to diagnosis and map lymphatic filariasis is helping in the global battle to eliminate the disease. The World Health Organisation estimates over 1 billion people are at risk … Continue reading

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Mapping and Modelling at COR-NTD 2016

A special interactive break-out session on how mapping and modelling approaches are helping with neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) research and programme design is to be held as part of the up-coming Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) 2016 … Continue reading

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