Onchocerciasis (River Blindness)

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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  

Integrated Vector Management (IVM)
Vector control is well suited for integrated approaches because some vectors are responsible for multiple diseases, and some interventions are effective against several vectors. The concept of IVM was developed as a result of lessons learned from integrated pest management, which is used in the agricultural sector; IVM aims to optimize and rationalize the use of resources and tools for vector control. This resource page links to WHO materials on IVM and to PAHO materials on vector-borne diseases (VBDs).(4/Sep/2008)
In English       HTML(7.74k)  
en espaņol     HTML(8.29k)  

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)
In English       HTML(8.87k)  
en espaņol     HTML(9.76k)  

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  

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (GNNTDC)
This partnership was formed in 2006 to raise the profile of neglected diseases and to stimulate a paradigm shift in disease control efforts. The major public-private partnerships devoted to the control of individual diseases have agreed to work together in collaboration with WHO to design an integrated drug administration platform that addresses seven of the main neglected tropical diseases. The aim is to contribute toward achievement of the MDGs by eliminating and controlling neglected diseases through an integrated mass drug delivery approach.(31/Dec/2006)
In English       GNNTDC  

Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (OEPA) / The Carter Center River Blindness (Onchocerciasis) Program
Onchocerciasis, or river blindness, is a parasitic neglected disease transmitted by the bites of small black flies that breed in rapidly flowing streams and rivers. Since 1996, The Carter Center has been a leader in the fight against river blindness in the Americas by working in thousands of communities, with OEPA serving as a vehicle to assist ministries of health to combat or eradicate river blindness. (The Carter Center River Blindness Program)(20/Oct/2006)
In English       OEPA  
en espaņol     OEPA  

Investing in Global Health: 'Best Buys' and Priorities for Action in Developing Countries
These three new volumes from the World Bank Disease Control Priorities Project--Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries (2nd ed.), Priorities in Health, and Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors--are part of an ongoing initiative to provide technical resources to improve the health systems, and ultimately the health of people, in developing countries.(3/Apr/2006)
In English       DCP Site  

Neglected Diseases: Search Page for PAHO and WHO Information
This page contains a list of neglected (primarily tropical) diseases of importance in Latin America and the Caribbean, with links to sites or autosearches with information on them. PAHO is developing a multi-disease approach to the prevention, control, or elimination of the diseases in this area.(1/Feb/2006)
In English       HTML(25.96k)  
en espaņol     HTML(28.28k)  
en Franįais    HTML(27.41k)  

Parasitic Diseases
This page offers the user a panoramic view of all PAHO materials on parasitic diseases. The documents are organized according to the following categories: surveillance, prevention and control, PAHO activities, Other PAHO Materials, and General Information/Links. It also contains a listing of featured items for all categories with the most important documents from each, and a side bar containing frequently requested items, upcoming events, and/or new books.(22/Jul/2003)
In English       HTML(7.31k)  
en espaņol     HTML(7.61k)  

WHO Disease Outbreak News
This link provides access to the latest WHO updates and archives on disease outbreaks throughout the world.(14/Nov/2002)
In English       WHO  
en espaņol     OMS  
en Franįais    OMS