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International Clinical Trials Registry Platform
New standards for registration of human medical research (19 May 2006): WHO is urging research institutions and companies to register all medical studies that test treatments on patients or healthy volunteers. Registration of clinical trials –- including preliminary studies -- will be fundamental to ensuring transparency and fulfilling ethical responsibilities, thus publicly declaring and identifying the trials, so as to ensure that a minimum set of results be reported and made publicly available. This link to WHO provides access to the full text and other related articles in the Lancet. (22/May/2006)
In English       WHO  

REVELE: Venezuelan Network on Leishmaniasis--Second Meeting (Mérida, Venezuela, 30 June - 1 July 2005)
This second meeting of REVELE will hold three main sessions: (1) Use of network technology in science: what the tool is like and how it is used plus implementation in Venezuela; (2) Use of the network for studying and understanding concrete problems; and (3) Efforts to integrate studies on Leishmaniasis in Venezuela: Justifying the network. The meeting will be held in Spanish, as is the agenda provided in PDF.(27/Jun/2005)
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en español     PDF(84.09k)  


Programa de pequeños subsidios en enfermedades tropicales: Informes finales 1995-2004
El Programa especial de investigación y capacitación en enfermedades tropicales, coordinada por la OMS, brinda pequeñas subvenciones para proyectos de investigación en enfermedades tropicales, las cuales están coordinadas por el Programa de Investigaciones en Enfermedades Transmisibles de la OPS. Este libro contiene 32 informes finales de los proyectos financiados, dividido en secciones sobre malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, lepra, filariasis, enfermedad de Chagas y tuberculosis.(31/Dec/2006)
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Leishmaniasis Photo Gallery: Affected Persons and Risk Areas
This page contains 15 photos of persons afflicted by with various forms of leishmaniasis, a neglected tropical disease affecting the poor in rural and marginal urban areas, and the places where they live that help propogate infection.(23/Aug/2007)
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en español     HTML(7.72k)  

Leishmaniasis Photo Gallery: Vector, Reservoirs, Parasite
This page offers a dozen photos on leishmaniasis: its vector, the phlebotomine sandfly; the domestic and wild animals that act as reservoirs; and the Leishmania parasite.(16/Jul/2007)
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Other Resources

PAHO Communicable Disease Research Program (CDR)
This page offers the user basic information and a variety of resources in the area of research in infectious diseases: mandates, program description, PAHO guides for researchers submitting proposals and reports, links to its WHO counterpart and to the PAHO Research Grants Program as well as to donor institutions and related sites, international awards, announcements of conferences and publications, upcoming events, etc.(27/Aug/2008)
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PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Peer-Reviewed Open-Access Journal Published by the Public Library of Science
This free online journal offers articles covering the broad spectrum of neglected diseases, including geohelminths, river blindness, snail fever, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, filariasis, and other diseases of the poor that are often neglected by health systems, the pharmaceutical industry, and the press.(28/May/2008)
In English       PLOSNTDs  

Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (New England Journal of Medicine, 357: 10, September 6, 2007)
The neglected tropical diseases are a group of 13 major disabling conditions that are among the most common chronic infections in the world's poorest people. A blueprint for the control or elimination of the seven most prevalent neglected tropical diseases has been established by a group of private, public, and international organizations working together with pharmaceutical partners and national ministries of health. Through the newly established Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, with updated guidelines for drug administration issued by WHO, partnerships are coordinating their activities in order to launch a more integrated assault on these conditions.(6/Sep/2007)
In English       NEJM  

Periodical Publications

Tackling Neglected Diseases in Latin America
This page links to two Biomedical Center (BMC) Public Health articles, one a commentary on improving the health of neglected populations in Latin America and the other, an article on prevention, control, and elimination of neglected diseases in the Americas.(23/Aug/2007)
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Prevention, control, and elimination of neglected diseases in the Americas: Pathways to integrated, inter-programmatic, inter-sectoral action for health and development
Over 210 million people in the Americas live below the poverty line. These impoverished and marginalized populations are heavily burdened with neglected communicable diseases. These diseases continue to enact a toll, not only on families and communities, but on the economically constrained countries themselves. The purpose of this paper is three fold. First, it focuses on a need for integrated "pro-poor" approaches and policies different from traditional approaches. Second, it outlines the need for a specific strategy for addressing these diseases and offers several entry points in the context of broad public health measures involving multiple sectors. Finally, the paper presents several initiatives from PAHO and other institutions that document the importance of integrated, inter-programmatic, and inter-sectoral approaches. Authors include PAHO experts from different areas and the PAHO Director. (BMC Public Health 2007, 7:6, doi:10.1186/1471-2458-7-6) (17/Jan/2007)
In English       BMC Public Health  

Urbanization: An Increasing Risk Factor for Leishmaniasis (Weekly Epidemiological Record, No. 77, 42, 1 November 2002, 365-370)
Leishmaniasis is a growing public health concern for many countries. One of the major risk factors is the phenomenon of urbanization, closely related to the sharp increase in migration for socio-economic, demographic, cultural, religious, political and environmental factors. Most migrants will end up impoverished on the outskirts of large cities where facilities for housing and sanitation are inadequate, thus creating opportunities for the transmission of communicable diseases such as leishmaniasis.(1/Nov/2002)
In English       WHO/WER  
en Français    OMS/REH  

Technical Documents

CD48/13 - Integrated Vector Management: A Comprehensive Response to Vector-borne Diseases
CD48/13Integrated Vector Management: A Comprehensive Response to Vector-borne Diseases(14/Aug/2008)
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10 Facts about Neglected Tropical Diseases
These ten facts provide a basic overview on what constitutes neglected tropical diseases and what is being done to combat them.(23/Jun/2008)
In English       WHO  

Health Surveillance and Disease Prevention and Control at PAHO
This page describes the PAHO Technical Area for Health Surveillance and Disease Prevention and Control(HSD), its mission and objectives, what it does in terms of projects and activities. It contains links to the four technical groups and the Pan American Center under its umbrella. Note: Prior to June 2006, the Area was named Disease Prevention and Control.(3/Jun/2008)
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