Parasitic Diseases

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   Periodical Publications


Periodical Publications

Revista Panamericana de Infectología, Vol. 10, No. 4 (octubre 2008)
La Revista Panamericana de Infectología (de la Asociación Panamericana de Infectología / API) brinda una serie de artículos sobre el tema de las infecciones relacionadas con la resistencia antibacteriana de gran interés científico.(31/Oct/2008)
en español     API  

Action Against Worms
This link goes to the homepage of the WHO newsletter, Action Against Worms, which deals with intestinal parasites. Parasitic infections are considered neglected diseases that mainly affect the poor, and most especially children. Each issue of the newsletter focuses on a specific topic. From May 2008 onwards, PAHO will be translating this newsletter into Spanish, and there are also several issues available in French, all accessible via this English-language homepage.(27/May/2008)
In English       Action against Worms  
en español     Action against Worms  
en Français    Action against Worms  

Disease burden and health-care clinic attendances for young children in remote Aboriginal communities of northern Australia
This article from the WHO Bulletin contains a new methodology of successfully working on this problem with indigenous communities (in this case, Aborigines) and the method and lessons could be adapted to the Americas where scabies is a big issue in many indigenous communities. Abstract | Full text HTML(7/Apr/2008)
In English       WHO Bulletin 2008 (86)  

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  
en español     HTML(3.96k)  

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  

Schistomiasis and Soil-Transmitted Parasite Infections: Preliminary Estimates of the Number of Children Treated with Albendazole or Mebendazole (WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record / WER, No. 16, 2006, 81, 145–164)
In the Region of the Americas, the whole pre-school and school-age populations are assumed to be at risk of geohelminth and schistome infections. The burden of disease caused by infection with schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths (STH) remains enormous. This article gives the results of the WHO Partners in Parasite Control (PPC) system to track the progress of each endemic country towards the 2010 global target of regular treatment for 75% of all children at risk.(21/Apr/2006)
In English       WHO/WER  
en Français    OMS/REH  

Neglected Diseases of Neglected Populations: Thinking to Reshape the Determinants of Health in Latin America and the Caribbean
The objective of this paper is to identify new opportunities to address neglected diseases, improve community health and promote sustainable development in neglected populations by highlighting examples of key risk and protective factors for neglected diseases which can be managed and implemented through multi-disease-based, integrated, inter-programmatic, and/or inter-sectoral approaches. It was published in BMC Public Health and was written by the Chief of the PAHO Communicable Disease Unit and the PAHO Regional Advisor on Parasitic and Neglected Diseases. (11/Nov/2005)
In English       HTML(4.73k)   BMC Public Health  
en español     HTML(5.15k)   BMC Public Health  

Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination: RPRG Newsletter of the Americas
The objective of this newsletter is to share technical, operational and policy issues for the Americas, and share key information for planning and decision-making while minimizing the duplication of information from those websites devoted to lymphatic filariasis.(16/Sep/2005)
In English       HTML(3.44k)  

Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination: RPRG Newsletter of the Americas, Vol. 2, Issue 1
This issue contains news on the following: 5th LF Elimination Regional Meeting, Paramaribo, Suriname; Thanks to our Partners in Suriname and Abroad; Changes and Promotions in the Region; Integrated Vector Management, Part 2; Links and References about Lymphatic Filariasis; Successful MDA with DEC, Recife, Brazil; Announcements and Deadlines.(31/Oct/2004)
In English       PDF(693.16k)