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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. Note: Due to a decrease in press coverage, this is the last news roundup to contain a dedicated Zika section.

Carter Center Sudan

Lab technician Wigdan Elmubarak examines a blood sample, which she is testing for exposure to onchocerciasis microfilariae, the pre-larval-stage parasites that can infect the body.

THE CARTER CENTER

Lymphatic filariasis

Elephantiasis on the decline in Cameroon

Science Daily
In the new work, Joseph Kamgno, of the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, and colleagues studied 5,292 children aged 5-8 from 97 communities in five health districts in Cameroon that achieved at least 65% drug coverage in six annual mass drug campaigns...In the three evaluation units, 2, 8, and 11 cases of LF were detected, giving rates of 0.13%, 0.57%, and 0.45%. These rates were below WHO critical cut-off thresholds -- which would be 18 cases in each evaluation unit -- for stopping treatment.

Onchocerciasis

Esperanza Window Traps for the collection of anthropophilic blackflies (Diptera: Simuliidae) in Uganda and Tanzania

Adam Hendy et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Our results show that in Uganda the traps worked well for the collection of Simulium damnosum, the blackfly primarily responsible for onchocerciasis transmission in sub-Saharan Africa, but were less effective at collecting the same species in Tanzania. Blackfly behaviour and response to traps will probably vary from one country to another. Esperanza Window Traps show promise for blackfly collections, but further research and development are needed to determine how broadly they can be used.

Under the Microscope: Sudan’s High-Tech Onchocerciasis Lab

The Carter Center
“The cost of running the lab is too high for the Ministry of Health to shoulder, but we have a lot of highly trained and qualified people here,” Nabil [Aziz Awad Alla] explains. “If we didn’t have this lab, we could never prove the effectiveness of our mass drug administrations in various areas. Sending the samples abroad would be too time-consuming and risky (because of possible damage or loss) and very expensive.”

Carter Center’s Nigeria Director Sees Challenges and Crushes Them

The Carter Center
In the Southeastern region of his native Nigeria, Dr. Emmanuel Miri’s name means "water" and "life," and few names could be more appropriate for the man who directs the Carter Center's health programs in that country...“What I learned from the Guinea worm campaign is that these neglected tropical diseases can be eliminated,” Miri said. “We did it once, so we can do it again.” Now Miri has his sights set on river blindness, and he’s confident of success.

Schistosomiasis

Three Gorges Dam decreased rate of schistosomiasis around Chinese lake

Gerard Gallagher
Healio
Ecological changes in one of China’s largest freshwater lakes that were caused by the Three Gorges Dam project have led to a significant decrease the rate of schistosomiasis infections in the area around the lake, researchers said...“Given that the impact of [Three Gorges Dam] on snail distribution and schistosomiasis prevalence in Dongting Lake area is much more complex, prolonged and in-depth studies are needed to address these issues for the effective control of snails in Dongting Lake area and eventually achieving the elimination of schistosomiasis,” the researchers concluded.

Schistosomiasis: the biggest killer you’ve never heard of?

David Rollinson
News Medical
Schistosomiasis affects many people, mainly in poor regions of the world where there is a lack of clean water and toilets. We have a drug that works and there's a massive drug donation from Merck, who are supplying up to 250 million praziquantel tablets a year and donating those tablets to endemic areas. This provides the opportunity to treat 100 million school children. Merck also developing a pediatric formulation of the drug because at the moment, the tablet itself is big and chalky, which is difficult to swallow, especially for young children. Although this is great progress, improvements for other interventions are also required, for example, can we do more to control snails and break that life cycle? Can we do more to improve water and sanitation? Can we change behavior so there is less water contact?

Prevalence and factors associated with urogenital schistosomiasis among primary school children in barrage, Magba...

Anna Longdoh Njunda et al.
BMC Public Health
A high prevalence of US was observed in school-aged children in the study area especially in those attending EP Manbonko Bord. Limiting contact with water from the dam, control of the snail intermediate host, provision of portable water and mass treatment of the entire population are proposed as some of the measures to reduce and eventually eliminate transmission in the area.

The Status of Schistosomiasis Disease among Coastal Countries of Persian Gulf in the Middle East

Abdolmajid Ghasemian, Farshad Nojoomi and Hassan Rajabi Vardanjani
MOJ Immunology
From the results it is presumed that because of current war and famine in several countries of Middle East, the risk of schistosomiasis infection is higher than several years ago.

Kingston University scientists help unlock DNA of tropical snail that spreads deadly disease

Kingston University London
Professor [Tony] Walker said the results could prove instrumental in developing better ways to control and eventually eliminate schistosomiasis..."Better understanding of the snail's genome structure has the potential to enable us to develop improved prevention and treatment methods and learn how to control the snail population more effectively, which would help block schistosomiasis transmission."

Bilharzial arthropathy: Rare cause of chronic arthritis in tropical areas

Hoby N Rakotomalala et al.
European Journal of Rheumatology
We report on two cases of Malagasy patients living in a highly endemic bilharziasis area and having chronic arthritis due to bilharziasis.

Creepy Swimmer’s Itch Parasite in Northern Lakes Can Scratch Summer Fun

Ginanne Brownell Mitic
Scientific American
There is no evidence so far to indicate the schistosomes that cause swimmer’s itch have ever made it past the human epidermis, our outer layer of skin...A number of species not found in North America—Schistosoma haematobium (in Africa and the Middle East), S. mansoni (mostly in South America, Africa and the Middle East) and S. japonicum (in Asia)—can cause the far more serious human schistosomiasis. Listed by the World Health Organization as a neglected tropical disease, in 2015 it is estimated to have affected 218 million people with symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhea and blood in the stool.

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

High prevalence of helminths infection and associated risk factors among adults living in a rural setting, central Kenya...

Janet Masaku et al.
Tropical Medicine and Health
The current study shows that adult communities in the study area were highly infected with S. mansoni. The study suggests that it may be necessary to develop contemporary approaches towards preventive chemotherapy interventions to adults in high endemic areas to complement the ongoing school-based deworming programme.

Identifying optimal threshold statistics for elimination of hookworm using a stochastic simulation model

James E. Truscott
Parasites & Vectors
We develop a simulation of an elimination study, based on the DeWorm3 project, using an individual-based stochastic disease transmission model in conjunction with models of [mass drug administration, or] MDA, sampling, diagnostics and the construction of study clusters. The simulation is then used to analyse the relationship between the study end-point elimination threshold and whether elimination is achieved in the long term within the model...The probability of elimination and [positive predictive values, or] PPV are very sensitive to baseline prevalence for individual communities.

Trachoma

Treating village newcomers and travelers for trachoma: Results from ASANTE cluster randomized tria

Sheila K. West et al.
PLOS ONE
Despite surveillance programs for community newcomers and travelers, the proportion of intervention communities with a level of infection ≤1% was lower than expected and not significantly different from control communities.

A Trachoma-Free World Is ‘Within Reach’

The Task Force for Global Health
Since 2011, the number of people burdened by trachoma has declined significantly from 375 million people requiring treatment for the disease to 182 million people today. “This is remarkable progress, and would not have been possible without the steadfast commitment of, and open collaboration between, endemic countries, partner organizations, the World Health Organization, and donors,” said Emerson. “Despite this unprecedented progress and the millions of individuals reached so far, even more work remains to achieve our shared goal of a trachoma-free world.”

Burden of trachoma in five counties of Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan: Results from population-based surveys

Angelia M. Sanders et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
To our knowledge, these were the first trachoma surveys conducted in the Republic of South Sudan since their independence in 2011. The results show that despite years of interventions, four of the five surveyed counties require a minimum of five additional years of SAFE strategy implementation, with the fifth requiring at minimum three more years.

WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020: progress report on elimination of trachoma, 2014–2016

World Health Organization
Weekly Epidemiological Report
This report summarizes work carried out during 2014–2016 to implement the SAFE strategy against trachoma, and provides an update on the global population at risk of trachoma blindness, based on data submitted to WHO by national programmes in March 2017.

Malawi district no longer at risk from trachoma

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust
The Kasungu district in central Malawi has reached the World Health Organization (WHO) elimination thresholds for trachoma. This means less than 0.2 per cent of those aged 15 and over in the district have the advanced stages of the disease and less than five per cent of children aged one to nine years have the active infection.

"Stop contagion": campaign against trachoma

Official Vatican Network
In Ethiopia, out of 91 million people, about 1 million are blind and 4 million partially-sighted. In the Amhara Region, 1 child out of 2 if not treated may become blind. For over three years CBM Italia Onlus has been working in the African Country with the World Health Organization, applying the SAFE strategy...The new goals of treating 13,500 people are: distributing antibiotics to at least 450,000 people at risk of contagion, building 150 new wells and water systems to give a clean water source to 90,000 people and raise awareness on hygiene practices regarding 67,500 people.

Podcast: Tropical Data and the role of informatics in eliminating trachoma

Jessica Hill
Inform Me, Informatics
In this episode, I speak with Beck [Willis] about ITI and the work it’s doing with partners to treat and eliminate trachoma worldwide. We also talk about how the introduction of new technologies like the Tropical Data app have changed the way ITI does its work. Check out Beck’s blog “Ending a Plague with Smartphones” to learn more!

Cross-cutting

Ivermectin susceptibility and sporontocidal effect in Greater Mekong Subregion Anopheles

Kevin C. Kobylinski et al.
Malaria Journal
Ivermectin is lethal to dominant [Greater Mekong Subregion, or] GMS Anopheles malaria vectors and inhibits sporogony of P. vivax at safe human relevant concentrations. The data suggest that ivermectin [mass drug administration, or] MDA has potential in the GMS as a vector and transmission blocking control tool to aid malaria elimination efforts...During ivermectin MDAs for malaria, numerous neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the GMS would be affected, including lymphatic filariasis, scabies, lice, gnathostomiasis, and soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) such as strongyloidiasis, ascariasis and trichuriasis.

A simple trap kills mosquitoes without chemicals

Yale Climate Connections
Roberto Barrera at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Puerto Rico says we need better ways to control mosquitoes. So he’s invented a new trap with simple components: a bucket, hay, a screen, and water.

Why ‘tropical disease’ is a global problem

Philippa C. Matthews
OUPblog
Despite being open to criticism for being too broad, too ambitious, too expensive, the Sustainable Development Goals do put emphasis on tackling the cause of problems rather than just trying to fix the end result. In order for our planet and its populations to thrive and flourish, the aims represented are crucial. The health, well-being, and future of our children and grandchildren are tightly bound to these bold aspirations, and the strides we make against ‘tropical diseases’ represent steps forward for us all.

Climate change research findings provided for policy discussions in Africa

Jamie Guth
TDR
New TDR-supported research on climate change impact has produced evidence on how to increase resilience to diseases like malaria and schistosomiasis in 7 African countries. The results of this project have been summarized in policy briefs that are being used for further discussion and planning.

WHO conducts a training of trainers to strengthen the capacity for NTD control, elimination and eradication in South Sudan

Liyosi Evans and Luwaga Liliane
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Republic of South Sudan conducted a Training of Trainers (TOT) on preventive chemotherapy (PC) for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)...WHO is working with the government and partners, to accelerate MDA targeting all accessible mapped endemic counties and advocating for financial support to map the remaining unmapped counties.

How the Gates Foundation seeks to energise the global fight against neglected tropical diseases

John Zarocostas
The Pharmaceutical Journal
Trevor Mundel, president of the global health division at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses how the foundation is ramping up its efforts to fight against neglected tropical diseases.

GSK Launches Up-to-$43M AI-Focused Collaboration with Exscientia

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will use the artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled platform of Exscientia to develop new drugs, through a collaboration that could generate up to £33 million (about $43 million) in milestone payments for the British AI-focused drug discovery and design company...While Exscientia’s announcement did not disclose the therapeutic areas, GSK states on its website that its key therapeutic areas of interest are bioelectronics R&D, biopharmaceuticals technologies and processes, consumer healthcare, immuno-inflammation, infectious diseases including bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, metabolic, and cardiovascular, neglected tropical diseases, neurosciences, oncology, ophthalmology, respiratory, and vaccines.

Other

Fighting a Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Aneri Pattani
The New York Times
When I met Jackson Barlea, his entire left leg, from thigh to ankle, was raw and red. The skin had been eaten away by a little-known variety of bacteria. At one point, you could see straight through to the bone, a nurse told me..Jackson has Buruli ulcer, a debilitating disease caused by bacteria from the same family as tuberculosis and leprosy. It is on the World Health Organization’s list of neglected tropical diseases, along with river blindness and elephantiasis. But with only 2,000 new cases reported in 2015, mostly from West and Central Africa, it’s not a disease that gets much attention.

Infectious Thoughts: Dr. Peter Keiyoro and Dr. Josephine Ngunjiri

The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Tungiasis is a debilitating parasitic disease caused by the flea Tunga penetrans burrowing into skin, affecting poor communities in Africa and Latin America disproportionately. Secondary infections from tungiasis lesionscan lead to severe bacteremia, tetanus and gangrene, with significant implications in terms of disability. Despite this burden, tungiasis is often overlooked as a severe public health concern, even among healthcare staff. In this interview, the ISNTD speaks to Dr. Peter Keiyoro and Dr. Josephine Ngunjiri, from the Universities of Nairobi and Embu in Kenya, who have been working tirelessly in the field to quantify the burden of this disease in Kenya, train healthcare staff to recognise and address this disease appropriately and raise awareness and advocacy globally for this extremely neglected disease.

More than 80% of children in Indonesia exhibit prior dengue infection

Healio
Prevalence rates of dengue may be higher than previously reported for children in Indonesia, with more than 80% of children aged 10 and older having experienced an infection at least once in their lives, according to a study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. “Dengue is hyper-endemic, with frequent epidemic cycles in Indonesia. The disease is most common in urban areas and in recent years has reportedly spread to smaller, more rural villages,” Sri Rezeki Hadinegoro, PhD, MD, and colleagues wrote.

Guillain–Barré Syndrome and Chikungunya: Description of All Cases Diagnosed during the 2014 Outbreak in the French West Indies

Stephanie Balavoine et al.
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
This study supports prior reports suggesting that GBS may be a complication of chikungunya.

MSF welcomes WHO decision to include snakebite on Neglected Tropical Diseases list

Medicins Sans Frontieres
Médecins Sans Frontières has welcomed the addition of snakebite to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) list. Despite the fact that snakebite is estimated to kill over 100,000 people every year – more than any other disease on the list – there are hardly any resources to prevent and treat it, and access to life-saving anti-venom therapy is very limited.

Snakebites cost Sri Lanka more than $10 million

Medical Xpress
Snakebites are a major public health problem in many rural communities around the world, often requiring medical care and affecting victims' ability to work. Every year, snakebites cost the Sri Lankan government more than 10 million USD, and lead to economic loss of nearly 4 million USD for individuals, according to a new study in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Map of malaria funding in Africa uneven despite death risks - study

Milan Kendall Shah
Thomson Reuters Foundation
About a quarter of countries in sub-Saharan Africa receive little funding for research into malaria despite having high death rates, according to a study on Thursday that highlighted the unequal spread of resources to tackle the disease. The study by Britain's University of Southampton said no research investment could be found in Chad, Congo and Central African Republic, where malaria deaths are some of the highest in the region, or in Sierra Leone and Mauritania.

Health information system strengthening and malaria elimination in Papua New Guinea

Alexander Rosewell et al.
Malaria Jourrnal
The study demonstrates that using mobile technologies and [geographic information systems, or] GIS in the capture and reporting of NHIS data in Papua New Guinea provides timely, high quality, geo-coded, case-based malaria data required for malaria elimination. The health systems strengthening approach of integrating malaria information management into the eNHIS optimizes sustainability and provides enormous flexibility to cater for future malaria programme needs.

Cost-effectiveness analysis of the national implementation of integrated...treatment of malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia

Blanca Escribano Ferrer et al.
Malaria Journal
Integrated community case management was more cost-effective than [community-based health planning and services, or] CHPS for the treatment of malaria, diarrhoea and suspected pneumonia when utilized by carers of children under-5 years in the Volta Region. A revision of the [integrated community case management, or] iCCM strategy in the Northern Region is needed to improve its cost-effectiveness. Long-term financing strategies should be explored including potential inclusion in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) benefit package. An acceptability study of including iCCM in the NHIS should be conducted.

Towards Universal Health Coverage: Thinking Public

Helene Barroy, Kelsey Vaughan, Yann Tapsoba, Elina Dale and Nathalie Van de Maele
World Health Organization
Towards UHC: thinking public offers a comprehensive deep-dive analysis of public financing for health in LMICs by assessing the changing relationship between domestic public financing for health and the economy, the budget and overall sector financing. The analysis reveals that the period (2000-2014) is characterized by reduced sensitivity of public expenditure on health to macro-fiscal expansion, which in turn has contributed to a reduced role for domestic public funds in financing the sector. With the impact of external sources removed, there is no evidence of an effective “health financing transition” from private to public financing for health in low-income countries (LICs). The relative reduction in out-of-pocket spending reflects a combination of an increase in external health aid with stagnation in domestic public funding.

CDC Protects People from Disease Threats and Outbreaks in the U.S. and Around the World

Carmen Villar
Our Global Voices
Since its founding in 1946, CDC’s history as America’s premier public health agency has been tightly intertwined with its work abroad. CDC experts were on the frontlines in the efforts to eradicate smallpox, the only disease in history to be eliminated. Now CDC experts are actively engaged in current efforts to eradicate polio, a disease that once ravaged the United States and countries worldwide. Today wild polio virus remains active in only three countries: Pakistan, Nigeria, and Afghanistan, and only five cases of wild polio virus have been reported this year, which is a record low number. These encouraging results reflect a novel partnership, the Global Polio Elimination Initiative (GPEI),that holds promise for future efforts to protect people’s health.

Quietly, Burkina Faso Makes Changes That Protect Health At Home and Abroad

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Over the past year alone, Burkina Faso has taken a series of steps that collectively give health officials stronger, more accurate tools for detecting disease outbreaks and trends far quicker than before. There also is an enhanced ability to correctly detect a health problem’s cause, and a more unified and efficient communications system that ensures all the people and agencies involved have the information they need.

With a Full Picture of Its Healthcare Workforce, Kenya Looks to Fill the Gaps

The Task Force for Global Health
For the first time, Kenya now has a complete picture of its healthcare workforce, which will help officials address critical shortages and uneven distribution of health professionals that leaves rural and hard-to-reach areas without adequate healthcare...The report found that Kenya has only 13.8 doctors, nurses, and midwives per 10,000 people, far below the World Health Organization recommendation of 44.5 per 10,000 needed in order to provide universal health coverage. The report also found that rural and hard-to-reach areas do not have enough qualified healthcare personnel to meet the needs of communities.

ASTHO Recognizes Georgia’s Public Health Champions

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
“I am not sure every Georgian knows the rich history of public health that Atlanta has served to nurture, but they should be proud of Georgia today,” says Michael Fraser, ASTHO’s executive director. “This state is home to leaders that helped end smallpox, eradicated Guinea worm, developed the national strategy to control HIV/AIDS, cut tobacco use to record lows, reduced health disparities, and established global immunization programs. In short, the work of these committed Georgia Giants has improved the lives of millions—even billions—worldwide. For that, our nation is truly grateful and our leaders are here today in Atlanta to share our thanks and recognize Georgia’s many contributions to public health.”

Trump taps Georgia health director to lead CDC

Meredith Wadman
Science
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price announced the selection of Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist who is commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, to direct the $12.1 billion Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. “Having known Dr. Fitzgerald for many years, I know that she has a deep appreciation and understanding of medicine, public health, policy and leadership—all qualities that will prove vital as she leads the CDC in its work to protect America’s health 24/7,” Price said in a statement.

Zika

Zika: costs of prevention and control

Amesh Adalja
News Medical
There is substantial investment going on for Zika vaccines and Zika diagnostics that are part of the puzzle to stopping Zika. Vector control by itself is not necessarily a good comparison to what the economic impact of an outbreak could be if the assumptions in this economic model are true...We need to get aggressive with vector control and beat this mosquito back from the United States. It has been done before in the early founding era of this country, there were yellow fever outbreaks all the way up into Boston and there was a concerted effort to rid this area of that mosquito.

Haiti Disease Detectives Join Fight Against Zika

Dionisio Herrera Guibert
The Task Force for Global Health
The Haiti group is one of the first cohorts of disease detectives to complete the Frontline Surveillance Training on Zika virus and detection...Haiti’s experience serves as a model for building–in a relatively short time period–the human resource capacity to respond to public health emergencies. With Zika expected to remain endemic in Latin America, these frontline surveillance programs will be critical to building the region’s capacity for detecting and containing outbreaks.

Upcoming Events

World Population Day
July 11 
World Health Organization
World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987.

ISNTD Bites 2017
July 19, London, UK
The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Discover the latest progress and innovation in vector-borne diseases and vector control for tropical health, as well as identify research, surveillance and collaboration gaps to establish vector-control as an integral part of global health strategies.

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.

World Hepatitis Day
July 28
The elimination of viral hepatitis has now been firmly put on the map. At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, 194 governments adopted WHO’s Global Strategy on Viral Hepatitis, which includes a goal of eliminating hepatitis B and C in the next 13 years. The community responded by launching NOhep, the first ever global movement to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. On WHD 2017, we can build on this momentum and accelerate progress towards achieving the goal of elimination by 2030. 

World Humanitarian Day
August 19
World Health Organization
Every day, humanitarian aid workers stand on the front lines of war and disaster, braving tremendous dangers and difficulties to deliver assistance to those who need it most. World Humanitarian Day (WHD), which takes place every year on 19 August, recognizes the aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and mobilizes people to advocate for humanitarian action. The day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.

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.

World Mosquito Day
August 20
Malaria No More
World Mosquito Day on 20 August marks the historic discovery by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross in 1897 that female Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans, laying the foundations for scientists across the world to better understand the deadly role of mosquitoes in disease transmission and come up with effective innovative interventions.

Neglected Diseases in South East Asia: Building Capacity in Epidemiological Modelling
August 28-September 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
University of Malaya
Southeast Asia countries face common threats from infections, including neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and neglected zoonotic diseases (NZDs) that particularly affect marginalized communities―the most vulnerable to exposure and least able to seek treatment. Understanding the transmission and control of infectious diseases can be aided by mathematical modelling, helping to predict disease outbreaks, quantify intervention impact, estimate economic and health-care burdens, and inform cost-effective public health strategies. This workshop will introduce participants to topics from bacterial & viral to helminth NTDs and NZDs through series of lectures and practicals followed by group discussions and Q&A sessions, addressing: a) basic models for vector-borne diseases; b) infection intensity frameworks for helminth infections, and c) models for zoonotic infections.

World Vaccine Congress India
September 19-20, Mumbai, India
Join us at the World Vaccine Congress India this September 19-20 in Mumbai, the latest addition to our global vaccines series, encompassing the World Vaccine Congress Washington and the World Vaccine Congress Europe. With an 18-year heritage, World Vaccine Congress events are annual gatherings of vaccine biopharma companies, from very senior executives to researchers, scientists and engineers, to discuss strategies to overcome vaccine development challenges. 

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. 

The multidisciplinarity of parasitology: host-parasite evolution and control in an ever changing world
September 28, London, UK
British Society of Parasitology
The meeting’s aim will be to explore and broadly discuss recent progress towards understanding host-parasite relationships, with a particular emphasis on vectors and intermediate hosts of human diseases.  The meeting will also be a convenient opportunity to develop a festschrift in Parasitology in honour of Prof David Rollinson (a former President of the BSP), marking over forty years of parasitological research.

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.

Women Leaders in Global Health
October 12, Stanford, CA
Women in Global Health
Women in Global Health is pleased to partner with Stanford University's Center for Innovation in Global Health to present the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference this October 12th, 2017. Registration is now open for this inaugural event. The conference builds on the global movement to press for gender equity in global health leadership by celebrating great works of emerging and established women in the field and cultivating the next generation of women leaders.

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.

World Vaccine & Immunotherapy Congress West Coast
November 30 - December 1, San Diego, CA
Following on from the highly successful World Vaccine Congress series in Washington DC and Europe for the past 18 years, the San Diego event will offer learning and business development opportunities taking advantage of the rich biotech and funding environment that the west coast offers.

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.

World Vaccine Washington
April 3-5, 2018, Washington, DC
Make sure you are at the forefront of the vaccines industry. No matter where your interest lies, we have content, networking and potential partners for you. By bringing eight events together under one roof, you get to choose the sessions which are the most applicable to help your business plan for the future of vaccine research, development and manufacture.

Multilateral Initiative on Malaria 
April 15-18, 2018, Dakar, Senegal
The Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) was established in 1997 with a mission to strengthen and sustain through collaborative research and training, the capacity of malaria-endemic countries in Africa to carry out research that is required to develop and improve tools for malaria control and to strengthen the research-control interphase.