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An Achievable Dream: Eliminating Some Diseases from the Americas
In this speech, PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses outlines a set of communicable diseases--vector-borne, zoonotic, viral, bacterial and parasitic--that can be eliminated or significantly reduced by 2015 at the regional, subregional, or national level. (20/Feb/2008)
In English       PAHO Director  
en español     Directora de la OPS  

Leprosy Cases in Brazil Drop by 24.27% in Two Years
On 26 January 2005 in Brasilia, the President Lula devoted part of his agenda to a meeting with the Movement of Reintegration of People Affected by Hansen’s Disease (MORHAN, the main NGO), attended by representatives of the Ministry of the Health, the National Program to Eliminate Hansen’s Disease and PAHO/WHO (a collaborator in this campaign). The main objective of the meeting was to analyze the tremendous progress made over the past two years in the effort to eliminate Hansen’s disease as a public-health problem, to improvements made to the quality of life of those who have been affected by leprosy, and in initiatives to fight discrimination against those who have the disease.(27/Jan/2006)
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Ministry of Health of Brazil Launches 2nd Edition of the Charters of Elimination: Epidemiological Situation of Hansen's Disease among Children under 15
On 28 January 2005, the Brazilian government launched the 2nd edition of the Charters of Elimination, focusing on the epidemiological situation of leprosy (Hansen's disease) among children under the age of 15. The Minister of Health delivered a charter to each of the 27 Brazilian states, which can be accessed via this link on the website of the Secretary of Health Surveillance (MS/SVS).(28/Jan/2005)
In English       MS-Brazil  
en español     MS-Brasil  
em Português MS-Brasil  


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)
en español     HTML(16.36k)   WORDL(7288.32k)  

Priorities in Health
Two overarching themes emerge from the extensive research and analyses in this World Bank publication: (1) Current resources can yield substantial health gains if knowledge of cost-effective interventions were applied more fully. (2) Additional resources are needed in low-income countries to minimize the glaring inequities in health care. Increased resources would provide highly-effective interventions, expand research, and extend basic health coverage to more people. WHO contributed to this publication.(3/Apr/2006)
In English       DCPP  
en español     DCPP  
en Français    DCPP  
em Português DCPP  

Definitions and Terms in Implementation Research and Health Systems Research
This highly useful guide is a product of the WHO Tropical Disease Research Program project on Intervention Development and Implementation Research (IDE).(20/Dec/2004)
In English       WHO/TDR/IDE  


I can do it myself! Tips for people affected by leprosy who want to prevent disability
This 40-page illustrated booklet, designed for distribution to patients, gives step-by-step, detailed instructions on how persons affected by leprosy (hansen's disease, hanseniasis) can take the necessary steps to prevent disability and avoid and treat wounds in their eyes, hands and feet themselves, thus empowering them to improve the quality of their life and their health.(22/Oct/2007)
In English       WORDL(5536.26k)   PDF(3055.28k)  
en español     WORDL(5565.95k)   PDF(4598.52k)  
em Português WORDL(5650.94k)   PDF(3020.84k)  

Leprosy Detection Rate, 2006
This map (depicted on a PowerPoint slide) shows the detection rate for new leprosy cases in 23 countries of the Americas during the year 2006.(15/Aug/2007)
In English       PowerPoint  
en español     PowerPoint  

Problem Tree for Leprosy
This problem tree was developed following the situation analysis of leprosy (Hansen's disease / Hanseniasis) in the countries, in accordance with the requirements of the WHO Global Strategy. This 23-slide presentation concentrates on 20 main problem areas that act as obstacles either individually or with others to cause late detection of the disease. The basic scheme is useful for orientation purposes for national and local programs or as a poster and can be used for group presentations when adapted to the national or local context.(10/Nov/2005)
In English       PowerPoint  
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em Português PowerPoint  

Other Resources

Clinton Global Initiative Video on Neglected Tropical Diseases
This hour-long talk show with former US president Jimmy Carter, Professor of Microbiology and Tropical Diseases Peter Hotez, and Uganda Director of Health Services, Ministry of Health Sam Zaramba discusses cost-effective measures for eliminating neglected diseases, the threat they pose and the impact they have for developing nations, and viable treatment and control measures.(9/Dec/2008)
In English       Kaiser Network  

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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en español     HTML(9.76k)  

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  

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)
In English       WHO  
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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  

Pan American Journal of Public Health - Vol. 9, No. 2, February 2001
Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 9, No. 2, February 2001(1/Feb/2001)
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Technical Documents

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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CSP27.R10: Regional Policy and Strategy for Ensuring Quality of Health Care, Including Patient Safety
This resolution from the 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference in 2007 sets forth the PAHO mandate for providing effective, safe, efficient, accessible, appropriate, and satisfactory care for users, recognizing that policies are needed in the health sector that will impact the health care continuum, foster citizen involvement, and promote a culture of quality and safety in health care institution.(3/Oct/2007)
In English       CSP27.R10  
en español     CSP27.R10  
en Français    CSP27.R10  
em Português CSP27.R10