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African Scientists Receive Inaugural Grants for NTD Research, Loiasis Blood Test Developed & Other NTD News

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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. 

Sightsavers

A child takes his river blindness medication. His father says: “Before we were able to take the drug I had severe itching and was unwell. It stopped me working on my farm and kept me awake at night. Others were completely blind because of it.” His mother adds: “My children are protected from the blindness and the itching and that is a blessing.”

SIGHTSAVERS

Lymphatic filariasis

Lymphatic filariasis elimination efforts in Rufiji, South-Eastern Tanzania: decline in circulating filarial antigen...

Clarer Jones
nternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
Interventions based on mass drug administration and insecticide treated nets led to marked decline in W. bancrofti CFA in young school children. The official reported treatment coverage were relatively higher than surveyed coverage. There has been an increase in ownership and utilization of insecticide treated nets in study areas

Onchocerciasis

DDTD Releases First Commercial Blood Test for Disease Loiasis Caused by ‘African Eye Worm’

Erik Clausen
Drugs & Diagnostics for Tropical Diseases
DDTD specifically developed the new Loa Antibody Rapid Test to assist the World Health Organization (WHO) and its affiliates to refine current maps of L. loa, and to determine optimal mass drug administration of 600 million doses of Mectizan® manufactured and donated by Merck & Co, Inc. Mectizan is a treatment for onchocerciasis (commonly known as river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (commonly known as elephantiasis), but can cause serious neurological adverse events and be lethal in individuals co-infected with L. loa. As a result, areas that are co-endemic with L. loa must be excluded from Mectizan-based interventions.

Impact assessment study after 27 years of community-directed treatment with ivermectin in Galadimawa, Kaduna State, Nigeria

Olufemi Babalola and Amos Bassi
Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal
After 27 years of dosing with ivermectin, the people in the community of Galadimawa were re-examined for the prevalence and causes of blindness. This was achieved by an examination of the visually disabled. The findings were compared with the situation in 1989 before the dosing commenced...The prevalence of blindness dropped from 4.9 to 0.96%...[Community-directed treatment with ivermectin, or] CDTI has reduced the prevalence of blindness significantly in Galadimawa and may reflect the situation elsewhere in the Kaduna state, which is an oncho-endemic zone.

Response to the Letter to the Editor by Eberhard et al.

Christian Bottomley et al.
Parasites & Vectors
In a Letter to the Editor, Eberhard et al. question the validity of our model of skin snip sensitivity and argue against the use of skin snips to evaluate onchocerciasis elimination by mass drug administration. Here we discuss their arguments and compare model predictions with observed data to assess the validity of our model.

Schistosomiasis

The People #MakingSchistory: The global fight against Schistosomiasis

Global Schistosomiasis Alliance
This newly-published report from the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance shares personal stories from those across the world – from global health ministers to local workers on the ground – who are working tirelessly to consign schistosomiasis to history. It tells the story of schistosomiasis through the eyes, experiences and passion of those who are #MakingSchistory every day.

Schistosomiasis brought to public attention in Berlin

News Ghana
“Schistosomiasis is the biggest killer you’ve probably never heard of, and that’s the problem. We want to bring the suffering that this disease causes to the attention of the G20 Health Ministers and the B20 Community in the hope that more awareness will lead to greater action. Our newly launched report tells the story of those closely involved in the fight to eliminate schistosomiasis. We hear about the real issues faced by the courageous people – public health officials, doctors, researchers, donors and organization leaders – who are driving positive change for those vulnerable to the disease,” said Dr Johannes Waltz, Director, Global Schistosomiasis Alliance.

Whole genome analysis of a schistosomiasis-transmitting freshwater snail

Coen M. Adema et al.
Nature Communications
Here, we characterize the genome of Biomphalaria glabrata, a lophotrochozoan protostome, and provide timely and important information on snail biology. We describe aspects of phero-perception, stress responses, immune function and regulation of gene expression that support the persistence of B. glabrata in the field and may define this species as a suitable snail host for S. mansoni. We identify several potential targets for developing novel control measures aimed at reducing snail-mediated transmission of schistosomiasis.

The Biomphalaria glabrata DNA methylation machinery displays spatial tissue expression, is differentially active...

Kathrin K. Geyer et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
The presence of a functional DNA methylation machinery in B. glabrata as well as the modulation of these gene products in response to schistosome products, suggests a vital role for DNA methylation during snail development/oviposition and parasite interactions. Further deciphering the role of this epigenetic process during Biomphalaria/Schistosoma co-evolutionary biology may reveal key factors associated with disease transmission and, moreover, enable the discovery of novel lifecycle intervention strategies.

The effect of current Schistosoma mansoni infection on the immunogenicity of a candidate TB vaccine, MVA85A...

Anne Wajja et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
The significant Ag85A-specific T cell responses and lack of difference between Sm-infected and uninfected participants is encouraging for tuberculosis vaccine development. The implications of pre-existing Ag85A-specific IgG4 antibodies for protective immunity against tuberculosis among those infected with Sm are not known. MVA85A was safe in this population.

ODHA pledges to end schistosomiasis

Adekola Afolabi
The Hope
The Ondo State [Nigeria] House of Assembly has pledged its support for the eradication of schistosomiasis and other endemic diseases in Ondo state...The Speaker who urged the team to prepare a Bill for the assent of the Assembly with a view to checkmating the spread of the disease also advised them to embark on massive publicity in order to sensitize the public on the danger inherent in Schistomiasis disease.

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

Associations between selective attention and soil-transmitted helminth infections, socioeconomic status, and physical fitness...

Stefanie Gall et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Soil-transmitted helminth infections and low physical fitness appear to hamper children’s capacity to pay attention and thereby impede their academic performance. Poor academic achievement will make it difficult for children to realize their full potential, perpetuating a vicious cycle of poverty and poor health.

Challenges of soil-transmitted Helminthiasis in some communities in Ondo state, Nigeria

F.J. Akinseye, A.O. Egbebi and S. Fadare
International Journal of Advanced Research in Biological Sciences
This study aimed at investigating the burden of soil-transmitted helminthiasis in some selected rural communities in Ondo State Nigeria.This study was carried out to determine the prevalence of human soil-transmitted helminthiasis. Stool samples were collected and processed using stool concentration-formalin-ether sedimentation method...Among the risk factors, toilet and water resource facilities were the major sources of transmission. The result obtained justifies the current state of the poor hygiene level in relation to high occurrence rate of Soil-transmitted helminths among people living in the rural settings.

Trachoma

Ethiopia: Intervention Gaining Momentum Amidst Huge Trachoma Burden

Desta Gebrehiwot
The Ethiopian Herald
The state has come to be a symbol of change and has transferred from being one of the major hotbeds to change initiator. "We are sending trachoma to history book from scientific book," said Board of Trustee for the Carter Center, Jason Carter. However, the fight to eliminate the disease is far from over. "Other regional states are advancing very rapidly in eliminating the disease and this is what we should intensify," said Dr. Menbere Alemu, International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) Country Director.

Active Trachoma Cases In The Solomon Islands Have Varied Polymicrobial Community Structures But Do Not Associate...

Robert Butcher et al.
BioRxiv
Several non-chlamydial microbial pathogens are associated with clinical signs of active trachoma in trachoma endemic communities with a low prevalence of ocular Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) infection. We observed a low prevalence of Ct in the Solomon Islands, therefore hypothesised that the high prevalence of active trachoma could be explained by a common non-chlamydial infection or by a dominant polymicrobial community dysbiosis...It is unlikely that the prevalent trachoma-like follicular conjunctivitis in the Solomon Islands has a dominant bacterial aetiology. Before implementing community-wide azithromycin distribution for trachoma, policy makers should consider that clinical signs of trachoma can occur without the involvement of any azithromycin-susceptible organism.

HEAD START – an innovative training approach for life-long learning

Demissie Tadesse, Isabella Montgomery and Girija Sankar
Community Eye Health Journal
Twenty years ago, Demissie Tadesse was a young doctor who had completed his ophthalmic training in Italy but did not have the opportunity to practise his surgical skills for trichiasis. He remembers the early days of working back in his home country of Ethiopia. Looking back, he can see how a practical step between the theory he learnt in the classroom and his first surgery on a human eyelid would have eased the transition from theory to live surgery. A comprehensive training approach, HEAD START, aims to bridge this gap. The innovative method, which is a result of wide collaboration between many partners, includes a surgical mannequin on which surgeons can practise their surgical skills. It helps new trainee surgeons to build their skills and confidence before performing surgery on their first patients as well as providing useful refresher training and regular professional development for experienced surgeons.

Ministry adopts WHO digital service in trachoma battle

Sarah Ooko
Business Daily
Through the Tropical Data digital tool, surveyors are using android smartphones to collect data on the number of people suffering from the disease in areas where trachoma is endemic in Kenya. The survey results will also be used to update the online Global Trachoma Atlas which digitally tracks the prevalence of the disease in all affected countries. The atlas also tracks the progress countries have made in availing drugs to those at risk of trachoma as well as eye surgeries performed to prevent blindness caused by the disease.

Trachoma fight gains traction

Helen Carter
Optometry Australia
Experts involved in programs to eradicate trachoma in Australia are aiming to follow the example of Mexico which is free of trachoma. Optometrist and senior research fellow with Indigenous Eye Health, the University of Melbourne, Mitchell Anjou said Australia remained the only high-income country in the world to still have trachoma. ‘Trachoma persists in Australia in some remote Aboriginal communities that still lack safe washing facilities and have poor and overcrowded housing,’ Mr Anjou said.

Group of women fighting to curb spread of Tracoma in Magadi

K24 TV
According to the Maasai culture, women are usually tasked with the burden of constructing the family house, and due to their nomadic nature the structures are usually temporary. However most of them end up staying in the houses commonly known as Manyattas for decades. The small dimly lit and poorly ventilated structures which are usually shared with animals are now being blamed for contributing to the increased cases of Trachoma disease which is caused by flies which carry the Trachoma bacteria.

Taiwan makes new donation to support HKI trachoma prevention

Timothy Huang and Y.F. Low
Focus Taiwan
Taiwan delivered US$170,679 on Wednesday to Helen Keller International (HKI) in an annual donation in support of a trachoma-prevention program promoted by the non-profit organization in the African country of Burkina Faso...Taiwan has been working with HKI, one of the oldest international nonprofit organizations working to prevent blindness and fight malnutrition, to promote trachoma prevention in Burkina Faso since 2004, and has donated more than US$1.8 million to the cause over the years.

Sightsavers’ Nigeria Country Director elected to key NTD role

Sightsavers
Sightsavers’ Nigeria Country Director, Dr Sunday Isiyaku, has been elected to lead the non-governmental development organisation (NGDO) coalition for neglected tropical diseases and eye health in Nigeria. This coalition brings together the organisations helping to fight NTDs and improve eye health services in the country.

Cross-cutting

Six African Scientists Receive Inaugural Grants for Operational Research on NTDs

Chelsea Toledo
Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center
Today, the first-ever grantees of the African Researchers' Small Grants program were announced by the African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ARNTD), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD). The winners, selected from a pool of nearly 100 applicants, will receive support to conduct operational research to address issues facing efforts to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in their home countries of Cameroon, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Togo.

Healthier, fairer, safer: the global health journey 2007–2017

Sir Liam Donaldson
World Health Organization
This independent report, commissioned by WHO and written by Sir Liam Donaldson, reflects on the trends, achievements and challenges in global health over the past decade during which Dr Margaret Chan has been Director-General of WHO. It discusses the role of WHO in dealing with such issues as the rise of noncommunicable diseases, leaps in life expectancy, and emerging threats like climate change and antimicrobial resistance.

The global health law trilogy: towards a safer, healthier, and fairer world

Lawrence Gostin, Mary Clare DeBartolo and Rebecca Katz
The Lancet
A trilogy of global health law—the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, International Health Regulations (2005), and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework—strives for a safer, healthier, and fairer world. Yet, these international agreements are not well understood, and contain gaps in scope and enforceability. Moreover, major health concerns remain largely unregulated at the international level, such as non-communicable diseases, mental health, and injuries. Here, we offer reforms for this global health law trilogy.

Collaborating to develop joint water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and neglected tropical disease (NTD) sector monitoring...

Robyn C. Waite, Geordie Woods, Yael Velleman and Matthew C. Freeman
International Health
Joint monitoring between the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and neglected tropical disease (NTD) sectors presents an opportunity for enhanced collaboration and progress towards shared objectives. Taking forward outputs from global WASH and NTD Roundtables, we engaged experts in a consultative process of identifying measurable priority indicators for joint monitoring...Our findings provide insight on the development and implementation of joint monitoring frameworks that can be integrated into existing programme level monitoring.

Cross River To Eradicate Neglected Tropical Diseases By 2020

Channels Television
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong while monitoring the exercise, said Cross River State is endemic to nine out of the ten diseases highlighted for control. “All the 18 Local Government Areas [LGAs] across the state are endemic to at least one of the NTD’s and currently, 15 LGAs are being treated for Onchocerciasis, 10 for LF, nine for Schistosomiasis and seven for soil transmitted Helminths”.

The top five investments we should be making to tackle NTDs

Roy Anderson & Alison Bettis
The Lancet Global Health Blog
Findings from the recently launched WHO NTD progress report show that 330 million people in sub-Saharan Africa could be covered by new investments of US$150 million per year to the year 2020. As such, one of the desired outcomes of the Geneva summit is to encourage and identify ongoing support to fill funding and capacity gaps. Ways in which current and future funding is invested will shape the success of the international efforts to control and eliminate these debilitating diseases. The following are investments worth making. Research & innovation...Capacity building...Consistent monitoring and evaluation/surveillance...Integration...Logistical support for drug delivery

Disease ecology, health and the environment: a framework to account for ecological and socio-economic drivers...

Andres Garchitorena et al.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
We present a simple modelling framework to illustrate the relative role of ecological and socio-economic drivers of environmentally transmitted parasites and pathogens. Through the analysis of system dynamics, we show that periodic drug treatments that lead to the elimination of directly transmitted diseases may fail to do so in the case of human pathogens with an environmental reservoir. Control of environmentally transmitted diseases can be more effective when human treatment is complemented with interventions targeting the environmental reservoir of the pathogen. We present mechanisms through which the environment can influence the dynamics of poverty via disease feedbacks.

How to determine if a model is right for neglected tropical disease decision making

Bruce Lee and Sarah Bartsch
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Mathematical and computational modeling can transform decision making for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) if the right model is used for the right question. Modeling can help better understand and address the complex systems involved in making decisions for NTD prevention and control. However, all models, modelers, and modeling are not the same. Thus, decision makers need to better understand if a particular model actually fits their needs. Here are a series of questions that a decision maker can ask when determining whether a model is right for him or her.

IZUMI Foundation funding supports Liberia to tackle blinding NTDs

Sightsavers
Sightsavers has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the IZUMI Foundation for its work in Liberia to eliminate two blinding and disabling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs): river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. These parasitic infections cause chronic pain and disability, yet are entirely preventable. The IZUMI Foundation-funded program will protect more than three million people in Liberia from river blindness and more than 2.5 million people from lymphatic filariasis, preventing the suffering and sight loss of millions of people.

Other

Yaws resurgence in Bankim, Cameroon: The relative effectiveness of different means of detection in rural communities

Alphonse Um Boock, Paschal Kum Awah, Ferdinand Mou and Mark Nichter
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Eight hundred and fifteen cases of yaws were detected between 2012 and 2015. Only 7% were detected at local clinics. Small outreach programs and household surveys detected yaws in a broad spectrum of communities. The most successful means of yaws detection, accounting for over 70% of cases identified, were mass outreach programs and school based screenings in communities where yaws was detected.

Risk Factors for Podoconiosis: Kamwenge District, Western Uganda, September 2015

Christine Kihembo et al.
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Podoconiosis, a noninfectious elephantiasis, is a disabling neglected tropical disease. In August 2015, an elephantiasis case-cluster was reported in Kamwenge District, western Uganda. We investigated to identify the disease's nature and risk factors. We defined a suspected podoconiosis case with the following associated symptoms: skin itching, burning sensation, plantar edema, lymph ooze, prominent skin markings, rigid toes, or mossy papillomata. A probable case was a suspected case with negative microfilaria antigen immunochromatographic card test (ruling out filarial elephantiasis). We conducted active case-finding. In a case–control investigation, we tested the hypothesis that the disease was caused by prolonged foot skin exposure to irritant soils. In conclusion, this reported elephantiasis is podoconiosis associated with prolonged foot exposure to volcanic soil. We recommended foot hygiene and universal use of protective shoes.

The global atlas of podoconiosis

Kebede Deribe et al.
The Lancet Global Health
We have received funding from the Wellcome Trust to develop a global atlas of podoconiosis. We aim to advance new knowledge on the geographical distribution and spatial epidemiology of the disease. A first step in this work will be to establish the geographical absence of disease by applying an evidence consensus approach (thorough literature searches and contacting ministries of health). The project will also use environmental predictors to determine environmental suitability for the occurrence of podoconiosis. In our previous work in Ethiopia we have identified important covariates that drive the spatial distribution of podoconiosis.

Mortality among blood donors seropositive and seronegative for Chagas disease (1996–2000) in São Paulo, Brazil...

Ligia Capuani et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
This study compares mortality rates and causes of death of asymptomatic blood donors who tested seropositive for Chagas disease and seronegative for all screening tests conducted in Brazil. Mortality status was ascertained by linking donor names with the Brazilian national mortality information system (SIM). The study found that donors who tested Chagas disease seropositive had risk of death from all causes 2.3 (95% CI, 1.8–3.0) times greater than seronegative ones. The data also suggest that the SIM may underestimate the total number of deaths attributable to Chagas disease in Brazil.

Exploring the role of socioeconomic factors in the development and spread of anti-malarial drug resistance: a qualitative study

Philip Emeka Anyanwu, John Fulton, Etta Evans and Timothy Paget
Malaria Journal
Social and economic contexts can influence behaviours as they contribute in shaping norms and in creating opportunities that promote certain behaviours. As shown in this study, income level and type of settlement, as structural factors, affect the decision on where to seek malaria treatment and whether or not a malaria diagnostic test will be used prior to treatment. One of the dangers of using the mixed anti-malarial drugs is that it offers a safe route for the sale of expired and fake anti-malarial drugs as the mixed drugs are not sold or dispensed in their original packets.

Modelling ecological and socioeconomic feedbacks of Buruli ulcer in sub-Saharan Africa: results from a field study in Cameroon

Andres Garchitorena et al.
The Lancet
We provide the first field evidence that the predominant transmission route from the aquatic ecosystem to human populations might be through direct inoculation of the bacteria into the skin in contaminated environments, contrary to the vector-borne transmission postulated in the past decade. Median force of infection in the set of model simulations that best fitted the data was more than 200 times higher for proxies of direct environmental transmission than for vector-borne transmission. Based on these results, we show theoretically that in contexts of high environmental risk, Buruli ulcer can cause economic inequalities at the population level, with disproportionate effects on the poorest socioeconomic groups due to disparities in vulnerability and health-care access.

Mycetoma: A global medical and socio-economic dilemma

Ahmed H. Fahal
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
It is becoming a trend to adopt combination therapy for treatment of many tropical neglected diseases. The advantages of this are shortening the treatment duration due to synergistic effect, reduce toxicity and cost, improve patients’ compliance and prevention drug resistance. That can be tried for mycetoma. The management of mycetoma should be holistic, addressing the different aspect of the diseases and that include, the socio-economical, medical and health aspects as well as the control and preventive measurements. The management of mycetoma can be integrated with other neglected tropical diseases.

The Looming Threat of Yellow Fever

Seth Berkley
The New York Times
The disease, yellow fever, is a deadly virus that spreads as rapidly as Zika, with symptoms that can be as horrific as Ebola. It is transmitted by certain species of mosquito, including the same Aedes aegypti that carries Zika. Up to 15 percent of those bitten become severely ill, with symptoms that include black vomit and bleeding from the nose, mouth and eyes. For up to half of those who develop severe symptoms, yellow fever ends in a painful death.

Zika

What’s up with Zika?

Krisztian Magori
BugBitten
Krisztian Magori provides an update on the situation with Zika virus, the knowledge that we accumulated on it in the last two years, and his opinion on what we'll see going forward.

Economic impact of Zika outbreak could exceed $18B in Latin America, Caribbean

Tim Parsons
Hub
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School estimate that the social and economic impacts of the recent Zika virus outbreak in Latin America and the Caribbean could cost countries in the region an estimated $7 billion to $18 billion from 2015 to 2017.

Zika virus: Brazil says emergency is over

BBC
Brazil has declared an end to a national emergency over the Zika virus after a sharp decrease in cases. The number of cases dropped 95% between January and April, compared to the same period a year ago, officials said. The virus has been linked to the birth of babies with abnormally small heads. The threat was at its peak as Brazil prepared to host the 2016 Olympics.

Cuba says Zika tally rises to nearly 1,900 cases

Sarah Marsh, Nelson Acosta and Frances Kerry
Reuters
Cuba said on Thursday 1,847 residents had so far contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus, warning that certain provinces on the Caribbean island still had high rates of infestation despite a series of measures to stave off the epidemic. At the start of the global Zika outbreak, Cuba managed for months to fend off the virus that can cause microcephaly in babies as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, even as neighboring territories like Puerto Rico were hard hit.

Zika testing recommendations changed for pregnant women

Helen Branswell
STAT
The CDC is now suggesting that women thinking of getting pregnant, and who may be exposed to the Zika virus through travel or because of where they live, should consider having their blood tested for Zika antibodies before they get pregnant. Having a baseline reading would help to interpret Zika tests done during a later pregnancy.

Sanofi rejects US Army request for ‘fair’ pricing for a Zika vaccine

Ed Silverman
Pharmalot
Sanofi Pasteur has rejected a request from the US Army to set an affordable US price for a Zika virus vaccine that the company is developing with American taxpayer funds, prompting an angry response from Senator Bernie Sanders. For months, Sanders has pushed the Army to negotiate a more favorable agreement with Sanofi, which is one of the world’s largest vaccine makers and which has already received a $43 million US research grant. But Sanofi recently refused, according to an Army timeline of events reviewed by STAT.

'Mosquito fish' could help you prevent a Zika outbreak in the Tampa Bay region

Sean Daly
ABC Action News Tampa Bay
One of the ways local officials are trying to prevent the spread of Zika is with gambusia, a native fish smaller than goldfish that feed on mosquito larvae. On Saturday, Hillsborough County residents can receive free "mosquito fish" at both Platt and Town 'N Country Libraries. Residents are asked to take home the gambusia and put them in standing water on their property like birdbaths, animal troughs, fountains, and small ponds.

Could Zika be used to treat Glioblastoma—the deadliest form of brain tumor?

Hannah Osbourne
Newsweek
Harry Bulstrode, a neurosurgeon at the University of Cambridge and Cancer Research UK scientist, is about to begin tests to find out if the virus can destroy glioblastoma cancer cells in the same way it attacks the developing brains of fetuses. If successful, the research could lead to the development of new, effective treatments for this type of brain tumor—and potentially even other types of cancer where stem cells cause the disease to return.

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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.