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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. 

WorldArkDisfiguring and debilitating, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) afflict the world's poorest people, demolishing sufferers' earning potential and quality of life. People with these diseases are often unable to work, and therefore remain mired in poverty.

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Lymphatic filariasis

New anti-Wolbachia drug regimen could reduce treatment times of LF and Oncho to 1-2 weeks

Clare Bebb
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Professor Mark Taylor, Corresponding Author on the paper, said: "The anti-Wolbachia strategy has proved to be a paradigm changing therapeutic approach to the treatment of onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis. The data in this paper shows that a clinically safe dose of rifampicin can elicit the same result as the standard 4-6-week doxycycline therapy when administered over just 1-2 weeks. What's more that fact that it is also safe for children and during pregnancy means that interventions are more likely to benefit the community as a whole, taking us one step closer to the WHO's ambition to control and eliminate these terrible diseases."

Is eliminating lymphatic filariasis money well spent?

London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research
The analysis looked at both the total cost of providing the treatments and health and economic benefits experienced by those treated between 2000-2014. The researchers also developed a model to investigate the number of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) averted hydrocelectomy, and identified the cost threshold under which it would be considered cost-effective. The findings show that both preventive chemotherapy and hydrocele surgeries provided under the GPELF are incredibly cost-effective and offer a very good investment in public health.

Mathematical analysis of a lymphatic filariasis model with quarantine and treatment

Peter M. Mwamtob, Simphiwe M. Simelane, Shirley Abelman and Jean M. Tchuenche
BMC Public Health
A mathematical model of lymphatic filariaris with intervention strategies is developed and analyzed. Control of infections is analyzed within the model through medical treatment of infected-acute individuals and quarantine of infected-chronic individuals...We derive the effective reproduction number, R0, and its interpretation/investigation suggests that treatment contributes to a reduction in lymphatic filariasis cases faster than quarantine. However, this reduction is greater when the two intervention approaches are applied concurrently.

Mass drug administration drive to begin

The Himalayan Times
The Epidemiology and Disease Control Division is all set to organise the Mass Drug Administration-Campaign 2017 on March 18, 19 and 20 with the aim to preventing Filaria in the country...The campaign will kick off in Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Udayapur, and Kapilvastu later in the second phase, informed Dr. Bhes Raj Pokharel.

Onchocerciasis

Field-Based Evidence of Single and Few Doses of Annual Ivermectin Treatment Efficacy in Eliminating Skin Microfilaria Load after

Hudu O. Osue
Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
Impact assessment of community-based ivermectin treatment control of onchocerciasis is required to determine its effectiveness. This study was conducted to evaluate geographic coverage and demographic ivermectin treatment compliance...It can be inferred that high demographic coverage with annual treatment doses, it is feasible to attain a shorter (within a decade) contrary to the anticipated longer-term projection.

Schistosomiasis

New tools for the Schistosomiasis elimination toolbox: Barriers and opportunities...

Philp Downs et al.
RTI Press
Despite over 70 years of research on Schistosome cercariae anti-penetrants, a personal protective product (PPP) remains elusive for the prevention of schistosomiasis. In this paper we explore perceptions of topical PPPs to identify potential opportunities and barriers in the development, promotion, and use as a tool to control and prevent schistosomiasis.

A multidisciplinary, integrated approach for the elimination of schistosomiasis: a longitudinal study...

Le-Ping Sun et al.
Infectious Diseases of Poverty
The results of the present 10-year longitudinal study demonstrate that the multidisciplinary, integrated approach is effective for the elimination of schistosomiasis as a public health problem in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, China.

Increasing prevalence of genitourinary schistosomiasis in Europe in the Migrant Era: Neglected no more?

Niccolò Riccardi et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Schistosoma haematobium infection is potentially set to become a stable presence in Europe, with a high likelihood of new prevalent cases associated with migration and the risk of a rising incidence, should establishment of endemicity occur in freshwater areas where intermediate snail hosts are already present. To improve the current efficiency of care, more attention should be paid to identification procedures and clinical protocols.

$13.5 million gift to improve millions of lives blighted by parasitic worms

Deborah Evanson
Imperial College London
A recent $13.5m donation will support an Imperial initiative working to improve the health of some of the world's poorest populations...This support will help the Schistosomiasis Control initiative (SCI), which is based in the School of Public Health the College, to treat up to 27 million people with schistosomiasis and intestinal worms across East, West and Central Africa.

Beware of schistosomiasis

Rachna Pande
New Times - Rwanda
Considering the multiplicity of organs affected by schistosomiasis, one can understand the gravity of the infection. Moreover after treatment, the infection may clear but damage caused to organs persists. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment are advocated to prevent organ damage.

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

One billion affected by 'neglected' diseases

Paul Biegler
Cosmos
Researchers have made a significant advance in the development of a vaccine for hookworm, a so-called “neglected tropical disease” (NTD) that affects up to three quarters of a billion people and is a leading global cause of anaemia. A team, led by Jill Brelsford at George Washington University, developed a technique to monitor the potency of the vaccine during refrigerated storage – critical information for vaccines that need a prolonged shelf-life in developing countries.

Soil-transmitted helminths and plasmodium falciparum malaria among individuals living in different agroecosystems...

Irene Ule Ngole Sumbele, Gladys Belanka Nkemnji and Helen Kuokuo Kimbi
Infectious Diseases of Poverty
STHs, malaria and anaemia are still of public health concern in plantation communities. Co-infections negatively influence haematological parameters. The tea farming agroecosystem, age and lack of access to potable water were identified as significant risk factors for STH infections.

Trachoma

Trachoma eliminated among Indian children, claim AIIMS doctors

The Indian Express
The doctors from the Dr Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS who conducted a survey in several hyper endemic districts across the country to assess the burden of trachoma will soon submit the report to the Union Health Ministry. “We can say that trachoma is no more a public health problem. The survey report will be submitted to the Ministry of Health by the end of this month,” said Dr Atul Kumar, chief of the centre.

Malawi on the verge of eliminating trachoma with help of UK

Kondwani Chitosi-Mana
Nyasa Times
Malawi with assistance from Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is on the verge of eliminating blinding trachoma, an eye infection that had affected 9.5 million people in the country as of 2014, British High Commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett has said...Dr. Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive Officer for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in an interview attributed the success registered in Malawi to commitment that the Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Health and members of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC) and the coordinator, Sightsavers with support from the trust.

Gap in Indigenous blindness rates halved in nine years, expert says

Melissa Davey
The Guardian
In 2006 rates of blindness were six times higher for Indigenous people. By 2016 this had dropped across Australia to being three times higher. Taylor said it was an example of how cheap and basic public health measures, such as providing clean water and hygiene, can have a dramatic effect on health. “That’s still a terribly high gap but we have made a lot of progress,” said Taylor, from the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous eye health group.

Reasons To Be Cheerful In The Global Fight To Eliminate Blindness From Trachoma

Paul Emerson
The Huffington Post
In 2014, the Federal Ministry of Health included progress against trachoma as a target in their national health plan. Although the program outputs for 2016 are yet to be formally announced, we do know that over 50 million people were targeted for antibiotic distribution and over 200,000 lid surgeries were planned.

A case for South-South collaboration for trachoma elimination

Mwele Malecela et al.
Community Eye Health Journal
With unprecedented resource mobilisation for NTDs, it is now hard to describe these diseases of neglected people as themselves neglected. For the resources to be best utilised, however, delivery programmes must be efficient and effective. Sharing experiences can save country programmes years of trial and error and improve access to freedom from disease for all.

Cross-cutting

Learning from multi-model comparisons: Collaboration leads to insights, but limitations remain

Deirdre Hollingsworth and Graham Medley
Epidemics
This collection represents the state-of-the-art for modelling NTD transmission dynamics. Across all nine diseases we provide projections of the outcomes of current interventions that go beyond qualitative predictions. The future focus of the NTD Modelling Consortium will be on continued development and use of these quantitative models to support policy decisions.

Re-imagining the future of diagnosis of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Rosanna W. Peeling, Debrah I. Boeras and John Nkengasong
Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
New sample in-answer out nucleic acid amplification technologies that can be performed at the point-of-care offer improved performance over current technologies and the potential to test for multiple pathogens using a single specimen. Finding commonalities for different NTDs in terms of geographic overlap, sentinel populations and treatment strategy will allow NTD programs to leverage these innovations to build cost-effective multiplex surveillance platforms.

We Should Fight Gender Inequality In Healthcare Every Day Of The Year

James Chen
The Huffington Post
Last week marked International Women’s Day - a date where we are reminded that gender inequality continues to pervade countless avenues of life, from employment opportunities and education through to voting rights. However, one of the most important areas of gender imbalance is often overlooked: healthcare. Did you know there are 2.5 billion people suffering from poor vision with no access to correction treatment and two thirds of all cases are women? The unequal effects of this global health problem is not down to biological differences, but rather the result of unequal social structures, something particularly prevalent in developing countries

Grand Challenges Explorations Grant Opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting applications on the following four topics until May 3rd, 2017: Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains; New Approaches for Improving Timeliness and Completeness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings; Wearables and Technology for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Behavior Change; and Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems.

Other

Learn How Wolbachia Bacteria Are Reducing the Impact of Dengue

Alison Booth
Break Dengue
“While putting Wolbachia into the mosquitoes, we discovered the bacteria’s ability to block transmission of the dengue virus,” states Professor [Scott] O’Neill. The bacteria no longer needed to be genetically engineered; putting the Wolbachia into the mosquitoes was enough to greatly reduce the viruses’ ability to replicate.

Skin NTDs: an opportunity for integrated care

Roderick Hay
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
Amongst the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that are targets for WHO action, as well as other neglected diseases of the poorest of the world's communities, from podoconiosis to scabies, involvement of the skin is a feature that is common to many...So it raises the prospect that simple training in the recognition of changes in the appearance of the skin could provide visible clues to NTDs sufficient to allow frontline health workers to take steps to ensure that patients are either treated or investigated through the appropriate local, regional or national pathways. The second implication involves management of NTD morbidity.

Visceral leishmaniasis in Somalia: A review of epidemiology and access to care

Temmy Sunyoto, Julien Potet and Marleen Boelaert
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
The availability of VL care in Somalia is limited and insufficient at best, both in coverage and quality. Precarious security remains a major obstacle to reach VL patients in the endemic areas, and the true VL burden and its impact remain unknown. Locally adjusted, innovative approaches in VL care provision should be explored, without undermining ongoing health system development in Somalia. Ensuring VL care is accessible is a moral imperative, and the limitations of the current VL diagnostic and treatment tools in Somalia and other endemic settings affected by conflict should be overcome.

Seasonal Pattern of Mycobacterium ulcerans, the Causative Agent of Buruli Ulcer, in the Environment in Ghana

Samuel Yaw Aboagye et al.
Microbial Ecology
This study aimed to contribute to the understanding of Mycobacterium ulcerans (MU) ecology by analysing both clinical and environmental samples collected from ten communities along two major river basins (Offin and Densu) associated with Buruli ulcer (BU) at different seasons...This study indicates for the first time that there is a seasonal pattern in the presence of MU in the environment, which may be related to recent rainfall or water in the soil.

On the heels of Zika comes its deadlier relative, yellow fever, experts warn

Beth Mole
Ars Technica
In a commentary published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, infectious disease experts at the National Institutes of Health note that, so far, the outbreaks are mostly in rural areas and involve forest mosquitoes transmitting the virus to nonhuman primates as well as incidental humans. Since February, there have been 234 confirmed human infections, with 80 deaths and hundreds more cases currently under investigation. But those outbreaks are encroaching on densely packed urban areas.

Zika

Doctors tie Zika virus to heart problems in some adults

Associated Press
The evidence so far is only in eight people in Venezuela, and is not enough to prove a link. It’s also too soon to know how often this might be happening...“I think as awareness increases, the cases will start to show up more,” said Dr. Karina Gonzalez Carta, a Mayo Clinic research fellow working in Venezuela who investigated the heart cases...She studied nine patients, ages 30 to 64, treated at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Caracas who developed heart symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath and fatigue an average of 10 days after typical Zika symptoms began.

Zika Virus infection of rhesus macaques leads to viral persistence in multiple tissues

Alec J. Hirsch et al.
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
The apparent tropism of the virus for tissues of the peripheral nervous system as well as the reproductive tracts of males and females has implications for the further characterization of the mechanism(s) of Zika virus pathogenesis. Additionally, this model provides a platform for development and testing of preventative or therapeutic interventions to combat the emergence of this virus.

Number of Zika, dengue and chikungunya cases drop in Brazil

Associated Press
The number of cases of Zika, dengue and chikungunya reported in Brazil during the first 6 weeks of the year is nearly 90 percent less than in the same period in 2016, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said in an email that 60,124 cases of the three diseases were reported between Jan. 1 and Feb. 18, against 549,510 cases one year earlier. The ministry attributed the drop to increased efforts to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carries the three diseases. Well-adapted to humans, it lives largely inside homes and can lay eggs in even a bottle-cap's worth of stagnant water.

For Brazil’s Zika Families, a Life of Struggle and Scares

Pam Belluck and Tania Franco
The New York Times
Thirteen months after the World Health Organization declared Zika a global health emergency, some of the public alarm over the mosquito­borne virus that swept through Latin America is receding...For families of Zika babies, however, the disastrous effects are only deepening. That is especially true in the impoverished cities and villages of northeastern Brazil, where the connection between the mysterious virus and infants born with tiny misshapen heads was first detected and where hundreds of families are struggling to give these babies the best lives possible.

Zika risk went beyond Florida's Miami-Dade County: U.S. officials

Julie Steenhuysen
Reuters
Local transmission of the Zika virus in Florida may have occurred as early as June 15 of last year and likely infected people who lived not only in Miami-Dade County, but in two nearby counties, U.S. health officials said on Monday. The warning means that some men who donated semen to sperm banks in the area may not have been aware that they were at risk of infection, and may have donated sperm infected with the Zika virus, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration told reporters in a telephone briefing.

GOP Obamacare repeal plan could hurt fight against Zika, hepatitis, other health problems

Sammy Caiola
The Sacramento Bee
The GOP legislation, as it was released Monday, proposes cutting a piece of the Affordable Care Act called the Prevention and Public Health Fund – a store of federal money created to bolster immunization rates, disease surveillance, workforce training and community health education, among other programs. If the replacement legislation passes, county and state agencies throughout California will lose millions of dollars they relied on for public health efforts. Those governments also used the grants to prepare for emergencies such as Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks, health officials said.

Upcoming Events

Biennial meeting of the Global Buruli Ulcer Initiative
March 20-22, Geneva, Switzerland
World Health Organization
Discussions will focus on WHO’s proposed strategy to control what is being termed as the ‘skin NTDs’. These include an integrated approach and care for diseases such as Buruli ulcer, cutaneous leishmaniasis, leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, mycetoma and yaws. Representatives from ministries of health of affected countries, nongovernmental organizations and research institutions will also exchange new scientific and public health information, and to coordinate efforts among all partners.

ISNTD Bites
March 21, London, UK
The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Developing partnerships & strategies in vector control

Molecular Helminthology: An Integrated Approach
March 19-22, Cape Cod, MA, USA
The conference is designed not just to present the recent findings in the field of molecular helminthology but also to take advantage of the remarkable advances anticipated and occurring in the field.

World Water Day
March 22
UN Water
Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge. The engagement campaign is coordinated by one or several of the UN-Water Members with a related mandate.

Towards Elimination of Schistosomiasis in Cameroon 
March 22-23, Yaounde, Cameroon
SCH Control Program
This conference is the premier gathering in Cameroon for all stakeholders working to overcome the impact of schistosomiasis. It will bring together scientists, experts, donors, policy makers, non-governmental development organizations and students from all over the world to share and learn from each other's experiences and perspectives. The conference will provide a platform to discuss progress, challenges and strategies in shifting from a morbidity control approach to elimination of schistosomiasis. The structure of the conference consists of plenary presentations, panel-led discussions, group work and poster sessions. 

Improving Clinical Care and Public Health with Electronic Case Reporting
March 24, Webinar
Public Health Informatics Institute
Electronic case reporting (eCR), the automated generation and transmission of case reports from electronic health records to public health agencies, promises better data and a reduced reporting burden for health care. Hosted by ASTHO, NACCHO, JPHIT and PHII, the Improving Clinical Care and Public Health with Electronic Case Reporting webinar will highlight the value of eCR, details on the Digital Bridge partnership and its eCR efforts, and recommendations to advance eCR in your jurisdiction. A Q&A session will follow the presentations.

Cogan Ophthalmic History Society Meeting
March 24-26, Boston, MA
Cogan Ophthalmic History Society
The President and Executive Committee members, and our meeting host, John Gittinger, extend a cordial invitation for you to attend the 2017 meeting of the Cogan Society.  The meeting will be held at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, Massachusetts.

Solutions for Drug-Resistant Infections  
April 3-5, Brisbane, Australia
The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience Centre for Superbug Solutions
SDRI 2017 is a multi-disciplinary scientific conference for the Asia Pacific region focused on Solutions for Drug-Resistant Infections. This inaugural conference theme is New Drugs for Drug-Resistant Infections. 

Chagas Roundtable
April 6, Washington, DC, USA
The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Register your interest to be involved at ISNTD's Chagas Roundtable in Washington D.C., Water 2017 or the ISNTD Festival.

Skoll World Forum
April 4-7, Oxford, England
Skoll Foundation
The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship seeks to accelerate entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems by uniting social entrepreneurs with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage, and large-scale social change. Forum delegates represent nearly 65 countries and participate in a range of interactive events in which delegates can openly share, collaborate, innovate, and, ultimately, advance social entrepreneurship.

World Health Day
April 7
World Health Organization
World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world. The theme of our 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression.

Healthy People, Healthy Ecosystems: Implementation, Leadership & Sustainability in Global Health
April 7-9, Washington, DC
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
Join more than 1,700 global health faculty, student, implementers and leaders from over 50 countries to explore the latest in global health, planetary health, and the role universities play in addressing global health challenges.

World Vaccine Congress 2017
April 10-12, Washington, DC
The 17th Annual World Vaccine Congress is the place where the global vaccine industry meets to discuss commercial and scientific issues around regulation, strategy, manufacturing, trials, partnering, influenza, cancer, emerging diseases and veterinary vaccines.

Neglected Tropical Diseases: Global Partners Meeting
April 19, Geneva, Switzerland
World Health Organization
WHO will host a Global Partners Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) on 19 April 2017. The event, which will also launch the Fourth WHO Report on Neglected Tropical Diseases, will recognize achievements of the past decade, sustain support towards the 2020 WHO Roadmap targets, and call on partners to facilitate availability of resources needed beyond 2020. Representatives of Member States, donor agencies, foundations, the private sector, academia and stakeholders are expected to attend.

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.

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.

Solutions for Drug-Resistant Infections  
April 3-5, Brisbane, Australia
The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience Centre for Superbug Solutions
SDRI 2017 is a multi-disciplinary scientific conference for the Asia Pacific region focused on Solutions for Drug-Resistant Infections. This inaugural conference theme is New Drugs for Drug-Resistant Infections. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.