Parasitic Diseases

For more information, visit the Parasitic Diseases Page of the Disease Prevention and Control Area of the Pan American Health Organization.

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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 español     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 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  

nature outlook: Neglected Diseases
This special issue of nature focuses on neglected tropical diseases, which 'affect more than one billion people, yet there are few effective treatments. And despite much research activity, scientific innovations with therapeutic potential are not making it out of the laboratory. The articles in this Outlook examine what can be done to stimulate the development of effective medicines and deliver them to the people who need them most.'(11/Feb/2008)
In English       nature  
en español     nature  

Mass Deworming: A Best-Buy for Education and Health
Ask children around the world why they are not in school and very few of them will mention worms--soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) and schistosomes. Until recently, few education experts would have mentioned worms as a key barrier to schooling either; but 400,000,000 school-age children are chronically infected with intestinal parasites, suffering from listlessness, diarrhea, abdominal pain and anemia. These are so widespread that some societies do not recognize infection as a medical problem. Symptoms of worms, such as blood in the stool, are considered a natural part of growing up. Hence, this policy brief from the MIT Poverty Action Lab, to improve the health of children in impoverished and neglected environments.(31/Dec/2007)
In English       MIT Policy Briefcase No. 4  

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  

Problems in Diagnosing Scabies, a Global Disease in Human and Animal Populations
The April 2007 issue of Clinical Microbiology Review offers a useful article on diagnosing scabies, a worldwide disease and a major public health problem in many developing countries, related primarily to poverty and overcrowding, caused by the ectoparasitic mite Sarcoptes scabiei burrowing into the host epidermis: abstract | full text | PDF(30/Apr/2007)
In English       CMR  

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  

This page offers an organized listing of PAHO materials on filariasis and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), a parasitic mosquito-borne disease that can cause major disability among those affected, primarily the poor, thus making it one of the major neglected diseases.(14/Dec/2006)
In English       HTML(8.98k)  
en español     HTML(10.18k)  

The Carter Center Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program
The Carter Center is one of PAHO's main partners in the fight to interrupt and eliminate transmission of lymphatic filariasis (LF, or elephantiasis) Lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes and a leading cause of permanent and long-term disability.(20/Oct/2006)
In English       Carter Center, LF  

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 español     OEPA  

Where the Poor Are: An Atlas of Poverty
The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at the Earth Institute at Columbia University has produced this Atlas of Poverty. The link below goes to the CIESIN homepage.(9/Aug/2006)
In English       CIESIN  

Beyond Swollen Limbs, A Disease's Hidden Agony
This article gives an account with lymphatic filariasis in Léogâne, Haiti, and speaks of the impoverished populations affected by the disease as well as international efforts to eradicate it. There is also a link to a video on what the disease is all about.(9/Aug/2006)
In English       New York Times  

Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
This links is to the major online journal, which in turn also offers links to other scholarly articles on the topic.(18/Apr/2006)
In English       Liebert, Inc. Publishers  
en español     Liebert, Inc. Publishers  

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  

ALCUEH: Health Collaboration Program among Latin American, the Caribbean and European countries
ALCUEH is a project that convokes expert professionals, researchers, decision-makers and representatives of agencies, interested in making alliances, in order to analyze relevant problems related to health, to identify possible strategies and solutions which can help improve health conditions in industrialized or developing countries.(13/Mar/2006)
In English       ALCUEH  
en español     ALCUEH  

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 español     HTML(28.28k)  
en Français    HTML(27.41k)  

Prevention and Control of Schistosomiasis and STH: Report of a WHO Expert Committee
It has now been accepted that infections caused by soil-transmitted nematodes are a major public-health concern in many parts of the world, particularly among the poorest of the poor in all developing countries. It has also become clear, however, that cost-effective solutions to the problem are available. This link is to the 63-page full-text report.(15/Sep/2005)
In English       WHO  
en español     OMS  
en Français    OMS  

New WHO Publications on Parasite Control (Selected List, July 2005)
This page offers links to selected new WHO documents and reports on parasite/worm control (particularly among children, including deworming guidelines), helminths, schistomiasis and cystocercosis, as well as other WHO resources in the area of worm control and parasitic diseases.(25/Jul/2005)
In English       HTML(5.54k)  

Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis
This comprehensive article in WHO's weekly epidemiological report outlines the present status of lymphatic filariasis in the world and the WHO global strategy to eliminate the disease. It includes data tables and summary information on endemic countries. (article starts on second page)(10/Jun/2005)
In English       WHO/WER  
en Français    OMS/REH  

This page offers the user a panoramic view of all PAHO materials on malaria. 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.(25/Jan/2005)
In English       HTML(10.42k)  
en español     HTML(10.88k)  

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 español     HTML(7.61k)  

WHO, List of Links on Communicable Diseases (by topic)
This list of links gives the user direct access to the main WHO pages on the various communicable diseases or on themes related to them.(9/Jul/2003)
In English       HTML(4.08k)  
en español     HTML(4.2k)  

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 español     OMS  
en Français    OMS  

Chagas Disease (American Trypanosomiasis)
This page offers the user a panoramic view of all PAHO materials on Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis), 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 with links, frequently requested items, upcoming events, and/or new books.(24/Jul/2002)
In English       HTML(6.26k)  
en español     HTML(6.34k)  

Interventions for Treating Schistosomiasis mansoni (Review)
This review from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews has as its objective the assessment of the effects of oxamniquine and praziquantel for treating Schistomiasis mansoni infection. Schistosoma mansoni is a parasite carried by freshwater snails (hence, the name of snail fever); it infects the intestine, liver, and spleen and can be fatal.(20/Mar/1999)
In English       Wiley InterScience