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This news roundup is a collection of headlines and other items on neglected tropical diseases, and does not reflect the work or the views of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center. 

A giant inflatable worm, launched by the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance, floats on Lake Geneva near the site of the neglected tropical diseases summit.

A giant inflatable worm, launched by the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance, floats on Lake Geneva near the site of the NTD Summit.

SALVATORE DI NOLFI/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Lymphatic filariasis

Eisai Announces Continued Support of Initiatives for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis

PR Newswire
Eisai Inc. announced today that its parent company Tokyo, Japan-based Eisai Co., Ltd. has pledged the continuing support of its initiatives for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (LF), a parasitic disease that is transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito. This announcement was made at an event held in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 18, marking the 5th anniversary of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), an international public-private partnership.

Onchocerciasis

Committed to His Community: Gabriel Ani, the Best CDD in Nigeria's Enugu State

The Carter Center
Between Gabriel Ani and his community, it's hard to say which one loves the other more. Ani, a 40ish farmer and schoolteacher, is the Carter Center-trained community drug distributor in Ndiulo Enugu-Nato village, Aninri local government area, Enugu state, southeastern Nigeria. Chosen by his neighbors, he is responsible for delivering health education and medication against river blindness to more than 1,000 people in 129 households.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Charles Mackenzie to the Task Force for Global Health

Mectizan Donation Program
For [the Mectizan Donation Program, or] MDP, Charles will support global onchocerciasis elimination efforts. For the [Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center, or] NTD-SC, Charles will focus especially on increasing laboratory capacity for NTD programs in Africa in close collaboration with USAID and DFID. Charles will also maintain his leadership in the area of patient care for NTDs, working closely with country NTD Programs and NGOs. He will continue to serve as current chair of the Disease Management, Disability and Inclusion (DMDI) working group for the NTD NGO Network (NNN), and as the vice chair of the Onchocerciasis NGO Group.

Schistosomiasis

German Merck aims to role out child formula for schistosomiasis drug

Stephanie Nebehay
Reuters
Merck KGaA said it is developing a children's formula of its drug to treat schistosomiasis, a parasitic worm disease that infects millions of poor people in Africa and Asia..."We have learned that we need to customize the formulation of praziquantel to the patients that we want to treat. This is why we are developing a children user-friendly formulation that we expect to bring to the market in the next couple of years."

The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance unveils giant worm on Lake Geneva

News Medical
The giant worm on Lake Geneva is part of the #MakingSchistory global awareness campaign. We want to make history and consign schistosomiasis to the past. Together with our partners, the GSA is determined to cut the cycle of transmission & eliminate schistosomiasis,” said Dr Johannes Waltz, Global Schistosomiasis Alliance.

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

Detecting and enumerating soil-transmitted helminth eggs in soil: New method development and results from field testing...

Lauren Steinbaum et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
We tested different laboratory protocol steps to extract soil-transmitted helminth eggs, which is one type of intestinal worm, from soil and propose a new, fast, and efficient field method. We tested the method in Kenya and Bangladesh and found that soil contamination with helminth eggs was prevalent in both study areas. We propose that environmental contamination be included in discussions about intestinal worm transmission, control, and elimination, especially in areas with low infection prevalence. The method we propose will help researchers assess soil contamination, which can be used to examine the effectiveness of intestinal worm transmission control measures.

Trachoma

Trachoma highlights from 2017 NTD Summit, Geneva

International Coalition for Trachoma Control
Storify: Highlights from the NTD Summit, Geneva, April 2017

Cross-cutting

World Health Organization hails major progress on tackling tropical diseases

Karen McVeigh
The Guardian
Data released by the WHO on Wednesday showed that in 2015 more than 60% of the 1.6 billion people suffering from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including sleeping sickness and elephantiasis, received treatment...This week, governments, pharmaceutical companies and charitable organisations gather for a summit in Geneva, where $812m (£633m) has been pledged to tackle NTDs, some of the oldest and most painful diseases affecting the world’s poorest communities.

The London Declaration Five Years On: Reaffirming our Commitment to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases

Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases
Five years ago, many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies joined with prominent global health and development organizations to endorse The London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), solidifying our collective commitment to support the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) ongoing efforts to control, eliminate or eradicate 10 key NTDs. As we mark the fifth anniversary of the London Declaration, we reaffirm our previous pledge to do our part to combat NTDs, and encourage other partners to also remain steadfast in their commitment.

Record-Breaking Generosity

Bill Gates
Gates Notes
On February 14, 2004, Dan Meyer of Davis, California, set the record for the longest paperclip chain by an individual in 24 hours. Length: 5,340 feet. Total number of paper clips: 54,030. On June 4, 2011, Nabi Salehi, a barber in London, set the record for giving the most consecutive haircuts in 24 hours. Total haircuts: 526. And on January 30, 2017, another achievement—one that will improve millions of lives—was added to the Guinness World Record list. A group fighting neglected tropical diseases—including Guinea worm, river blindness, and elephantiasis—set the record for most drugs donated in a 24-hour period. Total number of drugs: 207,169,292!

UK to protect 200 million people from tropical diseases

UK Department for International Development
Britain is already leading the way in fighting these diseases, and will more than double its support over the next 5 years. This will mean a billion treatments for people at risk in the developing world as part of an international push to eliminate and eradicate these ailments for good...The UK will invest a total of £360 million on implementation programmes to tackle NTDs between 2017-2018 and 2021-22.

UK Government Commits New Funding to Support Operational Research on NTDs

Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center
On Sunday, April 16, the United Kingdom's International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced a support package, allocated from the Ross Fund, to address neglected tropical diseases. Part of the committed funding is dedicated to research and development for new technologies, with grants to the Drugs for Neglected Tropical Diseases Initiative (DNDi), the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnotics (FIND), and the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD). COR-NTD, whose Secretariat is the NTD Support Center at The Task Force for Global Health, will steward a grant of £10 million from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to advance the operational research agenda for neglected tropical diseases.

The world’s assault on tropical diseases is working

Helen Branswell
STAT
“We’re not big enough to do this without the incredible generosity of the big governments that are far bigger than us,” Bill Gates, who argued that the programs are money well spent, told STAT in an interview. “Under any framework, whether it’s humanitarian or strategic, maintaining these investments makes sense.’’ Gates, who met last month with President Trump, said he made a point of telling the president how effective money spent on neglected tropical diseases can be.

Neglected No More

Bill Gates
Gates Notes
New innovations for testing and treatment have also made a big difference. For example, the diagnostic test for sleeping sickness used to require electricity, bulky equipment, and refrigeration, making it difficult to deliver to remotest areas of the world. Now, a simple finger-prick blood test allows health workers to test for the diseases. And new smartphone-based mapping tools could make it easier to map these diseases so health workers can target their treatment efforts in real time down to the household level. Still, there’s a lot of work to be done. We need continued support from donor governments to finish the job. We need more research on improved drugs and tests to help make it easier to treat people quickly. And we must support the frontline health workers who have the tough job of delivering the drugs in the hardest to reach regions of the world.

Ghana joins the celebration of NTDs Progress

Ghana News Agency
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Dr Nana Kwadwo Biritwum, Programme Manager of NTD of the Ghana Health Service said the summit would be the height of a year-long celebration marking the progress made over the decade. Since the London Declaration, fewer people are suffering from these disabling diseases and many countries are eliminating them entirely...These gains, he said were made possible by strong global partnerships, country leadership and investments in innovation and technology.

Tanzania: Fighting Neglected Diseases 'Means Uplifting Livelihoods'

Syriacus Buguzi
All Africa
For Tanzania, to get rid of NTDs, it needs to set right priorities. Dr Sue Desmond--Hellman, the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says the story of NTD control should not just be left to the Ministry of Health. "It should be a matter of involving the ministry of Finance and Planning," she told The Citizen on the sidelines of the summit in Geneva, as he referred to the multi-sectorial support that required in dealing with the diseases in Tanzania and beyond. "NTDs are diseases that affect the poor and underprivileged communities. It requires heavy investment and political commitment not just for Tanzania, but also many other countries affected," said Dr Desmond--Hellman.

Financial Times Special Report Focuses On Neglected Tropical Diseases

Kaiser Family Foundation
“Neglected tropical diseases affect more than a billion people. These diseases of the poor are notorious for their disabling symptoms. Progress has been slow, but the drug industry and communities are redoubling efforts to eliminate treatable conditions.” The special report contains 14 articles on various NTDs, prevention and treatment efforts, clinical research progress, and an opinion piece by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.

The neglected tropical diseases: a rags-to-riches story

World Health Organization
The stunning success over the past ten years has provoked an intriguing question: can poverty be treated with pills? Not entirely. To make a true dent in extreme poverty, the current frontal assault on the neglected tropical diseases must be combined with the broader attack on the social, environmental, and economic determinants of health called for in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Targets set for water supply, sanitation, nutrition, and housing will likely have the largest long-term impact. On current trends, though, many of these ancient diseases may well be brought to their knees before the 2030 deadline arrives.

Radical increase in water and sanitation investment required to meet development targets

World Health Organization
"Today, almost two billion people use a source of drinking-water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio," says Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. "Contaminated drinking-water is estimated to cause more than 500 000 diarrhoeal deaths each year and is a major factor in several neglected tropical diseases, including intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, and trachoma," added Neira.

Why neglected tropical diseases need urgent attention

Sanchita Sharma
Hindustan Times
Being overshadowed by calamitous outbreaks is just a part of the problem. NTDs also remain underreported because they affect the poorest and the most marginalised with little or no access to diagnosis, treatment and cure. If untreated, these “diseases of poverty” cause severe illness, disability, disfigurement and cognitive impairment. As a result, this group of 17 chronic parasitic, bacterial and viral infections that threaten 1.6 billion people across 149 countries, continue to aggravate poverty by hurting pregnancy outcomes, slowing child development and lowering productivity. According to Lancet Commission on Investing in Health report, NTDs “elimination (less than one case per 10,000 population) for such low costs… represent(s) very good value for money.”

Aedes Vector Control Summit Presentations

American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
Access presentations from the Aedes Vector Control Summit at CDC on February 27-28.

Other

Rapid diagnostic tests duo as alternative to conventional serological assays for conclusive Chagas disease diagnosis

Karina E. Egüez et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
In this study two rapid tests based on distinct antigen sets were used in parallel as a way to obtain a fast and conclusive Chagas disease diagnosis using whole blood samples. Chagas Stat-Pak and Chagas Detect Plus were validated by comparison with three conventional tests yielding 100% sensitivity and 99.3% specificity over 342 patients seeking Chagas disease diagnosis in a reference centre in Sucre (Bolivia)...We propose that conventional assays could be substituted by whole blood-friendly rapid tests in order to achieve a conclusive Chagas disease diagnosis in remote regions. This would ease access to treatment increasing adherence rates to it.

[VIDEO] Chagas Disease in the United States

UT Health
YouTube
Despite the fact that an estimated 300,000 people in the United States are living with Chagas disease and there is local transmission in Texas, most U.S. health care providers know little about the disease, according to the Texas Chagas Taskforce, which is led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

The Modern Challenge Of An Ancient Disease

Ann Aerts
The Huffington Post
Commonly thought to be a disease of the ancient past, leprosy continues to affect thousands of people each year. Between 200,000 and 250,000 new patients are diagnosed annually. Thanks to medical advances, leprosy can be treated with multi-drug therapy (MDT) once diagnosed. Not only is MDT effective at curing leprosy, it helps reduce transmission and prevent permanent disability. Since this therapy became freely available worldwide, there has been a dramatic decrease in annual diagnoses of leprosy. Yet it can only be administered once a diagnosis has been made, and as it can take up to 20 years before patients become symptomatic, during this time leprosy can be unknowingly transmitted.

Preventing Local Outbreaks from Becoming Global Pandemics: FETP Enhances Capabilities to Track Diseases and Stop Them...

David Sugarman
Our Global Voices
Every day, somewhere in the world, field epidemiologists or “disease detectives” save lives by detecting and controlling disease outbreaks. Most likely these public health professionals are residents or graduates of Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) supported by CDC. The first FETPs were established more than 30 years ago and modelled after CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service program

Global health R&D gamified!

Marissa Chmiola
Global Health Technologies Coalition
GHTC held a Game changers in global health game night on Capitol Hill to educate Congressional staffers about the impact of US leadership in global health research and development (R&D). Our guests ate, drank, played games, and learned a thing or two about how investing in global health R&D saves lives around the world, creates US jobs and economic growth, and protects Americans from disease threats.

Zika

CDC urges doctors to screen for Zika-related epilepsy in infants born to infected moms

Daniel Chang
Miami Herald
Federal health officials writing in a medical journal on Monday urged doctors to be on the lookout for Zika-related seizures and epilepsy among infants born to mothers infected with the virus while pregnant. Citing recent studies that found seizures and epilepsy reported in some infants exposed to Zika while in the womb, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that cases of epilepsy caused by the virus may be misdiagnosed or under reported

Gaps in care for babies with Zika highlight a deeper problem in medicine

Amesh A. Adalja
STAT
According to the CDC, among pregnant women who tested positive for Zika, 1 in 10 had babies with microcephaly or another birth defect. That was the number that grabbed headlines. But there were two other numbers that worried me: Just 65 percent of babies born to mothers who tested positive for Zika were themselves tested for it, and only 25 percent received brain scans — despite recommendations that 100 percent of such babies be tested.

Austrian biotech Themis launches Zika vaccine clinical trial

Reuters
Austrian biotech company Themis Bioscience said on Tuesday it had started a clinical trial of an experimental Zika vaccine in healthy volunteers, opening up another front in the race to prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne disease. Themis's product, which is based on measles immunisation technology, is the first vaccine containing attenuated, or weakened, live virus to reach the human testing phase.

Siemens Awarded $8.9M to Develop Zika Test

360Dx
Siemens Healthineers has been awarded $8.9 million to advance development of a Zika assay, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced recently...The assay would be able to detect IgM antibodies that are specific to the Zika virus. IgM antibodies are early indicators of disease, which emerge soon after the onset of Zika-related symptoms. They remain detectable for about 12 weeks after infection.

CRISPR cousin SHERLOCK may be able to track down diseases, scientists say

Sharon Begley
STAT
If the genome-editing powerhouse CRISPR were a dog, it would be the kind you can train to retrieve everything from Frisbees to slippers to a cold beer. In research reported on Thursday, scientists trained their puppy to be so discriminating it can tell Zika’s genetic material from dengue’s, the DNA in one kind of antibiotic-resistant “superbug” from that in another, and DNA in cancer cells from DNA in healthy cells — even when that DNA is present in quantities equal to a couple of pinches of salt in Lake Superior.

Upcoming Events

NTD Summit 2017
April 19-22, Geneva, Switzerland
Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases
2017 marks the 5th anniversary of the World Health Organization's roadmap on NTDs and the London Declaration. To celebrate this milestone, Uniting to Combat NTDs, the World Health Organization and the NTD community are hosting the NTD Summit in Geneva, Switzerland in April 2017.

ESPEN’s Luncheon: For an Africa Free of Neglected Tropical Diseases
April 20, Geneva, Switzerland
Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases 
The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, through the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) is organizing a luncheon for an update on the collective progress towards NTD control and elimination in the African Region. This luncheon specifically aims to: Introduce ESPEN, its mandate and mission to key stakeholders; Mark ESPEN’s one year anniversary and the collective achievements of the partnership; Encourage partners and countries to close financial gaps to reach targets; and Highlight country progress, ownership and leadership.

Alan J. Magill Malaria Eradication Symposium
April 24, Washington, DC
Center for Strategic & International Studies
The gathering honors the life of the late Dr. Alan J. Magill, who inspired us with his vision of the achievable defeat of malaria.  Alan was former president of ASTMH, director of the malaria program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The symposium will consist of three panels: progress towards malaria eradication and the critical role of the U.S., innovative science in support of elimination and countering resistance, and the role of the private sector, including faith based organizations, in malaria elimination. 

Global Challenges in Infectious Disease: Showcasing Social Science in Edinburgh
April 24, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Infectious Diseases
This one day symposium has been organised by the Edinburgh Centre for Medical Anthropology and Edinburgh Infectious Diseases to bring together a wide spectrum of expertise in social sciences with relevance to infectious diseases research. 

27th Annual Molecular Parasitology & Vector Biology Symposium
April 27, Athens, Georgia
Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases
This year's Keynote Address will be by Dr. Rick Fairhurst from the NIAID Malaria Pathogenesis and Human Immunity Unit. This symposium provides an opportunity for participants in the parasitology and vector biology programs at the University of Georgia and other regional institutions to gather for a 1-day interactive conference on parasites and host/parasite interactions.

2017 Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology Meeting
May 6, Baltimore, MD
Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute is pleased to announce this invitation-only event, which will feature world-renowned experts and Dana Center alumni discussing the most pressing public health issues in eye care today. Among the discussions will be: What are the next steps in public health ophthalmology, with particular focus on trachoma, cataract and low vision.

World Health Summit Regional Meeting - North America
May 8-9, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Université de Montréal + Institut de recherches Cliniques de Montréal
The world leaders in global health will be attending this prestigious event, including over 800 researchers, doctors, industry leaders, decision-makers, government members and civil society actors from around the world. Based on the theme of “Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies,” this interdisciplinary event will focus on the question of human diversity in the practice, education, research and public policy pertaining to health.

ISNTD d3
May 16-17, London, UK
The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases
ISNTD d3 will bring together experts from within drug discovery and clinical trials to drive the debate and foster new partnerships & alliances leading to tangible outcomes in terms of new therapies to combat these diseases.

WorldLeish-6 Congress
May 16-20, Toledo, Spain
WHO ColIaborating Centre for Leishmaniasis
The Scientific Programme of the upcoming Congress will address issues ranging from molecules to disease control, with the patient as the main focus. The agenda will feature contemporary lectures, hot-topic sessions, and satellite symposia covering the latest developments on leishmaniasis. The educational programme of the Congress will strike a balance between the needs of basic research and clinical issues.

Vector Borne Disease 5 Day Workshop
May 22-26, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The MENTOR Initiative
The MENTOR Initiative is now delighted to be able to offer a new training course designed specifically to strengthen the capacity of agencies to implement effective and coordinated vector borne disease control activities, either as a focus or as part of broader disease control activities.

Designing & Managing Public Health Information Systems
May 23-July 18, Online Course
PHII Informatics Academy
Designing and Managing Public Health Information Systems: 8 Steps to Success is a short, instructor-supported, distance learning course in public health informatics. Volume discounts apply for team registrations!

Antimicrobials and Drug Resistance
May 30-June 1, Las Vegas, USA
Antifungal and antiparasitic are class of medication for pharmaceutical fungicide or fungistatic used to treat and prevent mycoses and treatment of parasitic diseases, such as those caused by helminths etc, respectively. Invasive fungal infections causes significant health problem in immune compromised patients.  So as the clinical manifestations vary and can range from colonization in allergic broncho pulmonary disease to active infection in local aetiologic agents. Therefore drug dose monitoring is necessary to ensure the therapeutic levels achieved for optimal clinical efficacy.

Management and Leadership Course for Health Workers
June 5-9, Ibadan, Nigeria
West African College of Physicians
The West African College of Physicians (WACP) with the Faculty of Community Health and the Department of Health Policy and Management at University College Hospital & College of University of Ibadan announce the Management and Leadership Course for Health Workers. Our highly respected trainers are humbly urged to encourage their trainees to attend this course.

Health Systems Summer Institute
June 12-23, Baltimore, Maryland
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The new Health Systems Summer Institute provides early- and mid-career public health professionals the skills necessary to address key health systems issues of today. The Institute is also a great opportunity for part-time MPH and other Hopkins students and fellows to learn a valuable set of skills in an in-demand, and rapidly growing field of public health.

European Educational Programme in Epidemiology (EEPE)
June 13-July 7, Florence, Italy
International Epidemiological Association
The course is intended for epidemiologists, statisticians, clinicians and public health practitioners with an interest in epidemiology. The course is taught in English and held in residential form in the “Studium” centre, Florence.

Update Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health
June 14-15, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
ASTMH has developed this course as an update in the essential components of tropical medicine and travelers' health. This two-day meeting is designed for physicians and for all other health care providers working in tropical medicine or travelers' health. Speakers are internationally recognized authorities in the field. 

The 7th International Lymphoedema Framework Conference
June 21-24, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy
The ILF 2017 Conference will gather practioners, researchers, affiliates and stakeholders from all over the world. It is thus a great opportunity to present your knowledge to a multi-stakeholder audience.

Global Health Focus: Repurposing for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drug Development
June 27-28, 2017
The 6th Annual Drug Repositioning, Repurposing and Rescue Conference
Featured Presentation: Lead Repurposing as an Effective Approach for Neglected Tropical Disease Drug Discovery

European Congress of Epidemiology
July 4-6, Lyon, France
International Epidemiological Association
The European Congress of Epidemiology 2018, titled Crises, Epidemiological transitions and the role of epidemiologists, will take place on July 4-6 2018 in Lyon, France.

Annual General Scientific Meeting
July 17-21, Asaba, Nigeria
West African College of Physicians
THEME:Universal Access to Health; A Basic Necessity for Attainment of the SDGs; SUB-THEME: Building Sustainable Health Care Leadership for SDG Goal 3; CONFERENCE WORKSHOP TOPIC: Quality of Health Care

Advanced Residential Course on Poverty-Related and Neglected Tropical Diseases
July 17-August 4, Pemba Island, Zanzibar
Ivo de Carneri
The Course is addressed to professionals active or interested in public health, with diverse cultural and scientific background and competence. The Course is a practical opportunity to acquire a solid knowledge and a critical understanding on PR&NTD, thanks to the expertise of a high quality teaching team made of African and European lecturers with firsthand experience in the domain.

IEA 2017 World Congress of Epidemiology
August 19-22, Saitama, Japan
International Epidemiological Association
Following the 20th WCE in Anchorage in 2014, we believe to provide opportunities to exchange information about the development of epidemiology in all the fields and to strengthen the relationship among epidemiologists in the world. The main theme is “Global/Regional/Local Health and Epidemiology in a Changing World”, which is appropriate one for discussing the 3-year development of epidemiology from 2014 through 2017.

International Workshop on Disease Mapping in Low-resource Settings
September 14-15, Lancashire, England
Lancaster University
Hosted by Lancaster University on 14 - 15 September 2017, the multidisciplinary workshop will bring together international statistics and epidemiology experts to discuss the mapping of a wide range of diseases including neglected tropical diseases and malaria. 

NNN Conference 2017
September 28-30, Dakar, Senegal
Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network
NNN hosts its 2017 annual conference in Dakar, Senegal. More information to follow.

ASTMH 66th Annual Meeting
November 5-9, Baltimore, Maryland
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
The ASTMH Annual Meeting draws tropical medicine and global health professionals representing academia, government, non-profits, philanthropy, NGOs, industry, military and private practice. The meeting is designed for researchers, professors, government and public health officials, military personnel, travel clinic physicians, practicing physicians in tropical medicine, students and all health care providers working in the fields of tropical medicine, hygiene and global health. 

Swedish-Ethiopian Course in Tropical Infections
November 13, 2017 - February 11, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden
Karolinska University Hospital
This is a course in clinical tropical medicine and HIV for clinicians. The overall aim is to provide general knowledge about infectious diseases which require or thrive in a warm climate and / or are important causes of morbidity and mortality in low-income countries. The focus is on diagnosis and treatment both in situations with scarce resources and in more affluent countries. The field visit to Ethiopia gives the participants a unique experience of the health system and infectious disease panorama in a developing country.

Eradicate Malaria World Congress 2018
February 18, 2018, Melbourne, Australia
The inaugural World Congress on Malaria - Eradicate Malaria 2018 - will bring together the broad global community including implementers, scientists, funders, governments, policy makers and those directly affected by the disease. The aim is to bring the broad spectrum of the malaria world together for the first time, to further galvanise the effort for the eradication of malaria.