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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.


Dr. Steve Swioklo and Professor Che Connon of Newcastle University successfully used 3D printing to create human corneas using bio-ink.


Lymphatic filariasis

The History of Bancroftian Lymphatic Filariasis in Australasia and Oceania: Is There a Threat of Re-Occurrence in Australia

Catherine A. Gordon, Malcolm K. Jones and Donald P. McManus
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease
Lymphatic filariasis (LF) has previously been endemic in Australia, although currently, no autochthonous cases occur there. Human immigration to Australia from LF-endemic countries, including those close to Australia, and the presence of susceptible mosquitoes that can act as suitable vectors, heighten the possibility of the reintroduction of LF into this country. In this review, we examine the history of LF in Australia and Oceania and weigh up the potential risk of its re-occurrence on mainland Australia.

Sigh of relief for filaria patients of Telangana

Telananga Today
The State government has started giving a pension of Rs 1,000 per month for filaria patients from May 2018 . . . Padisala Sudhakar, a social activist, who had been fighting for the cause of the filaria patients for the past two decades, says the residents of his village Kakaravai are immensely thankful to the Chief Minister. Every third house in Kakaravayi village has a case of filariasis.

Progress on elimination of lymphatic filariasis in Sierra Leone

Joseph B. Koroma et al.
Parasites & Vectors
There was a significant reduction of [lymphatic filariasis, or] LF [microfilaria, or] mf prevalence and density after five annual LF [mass drug administrations, or] MDAs across the 12 rural districts in Sierra Leone that are co-endemic with onchocerciasis. Eight of 12 districts passed the pre-Transmission Assessment Survey (TAS) with < 1% prevalence and qualified for a TAS. The other four districts that failed to qualify for TAS will need to conduct two additional rounds of MDA before repeating the pre-TAS. These promising results for LF were possible because of good community adherence to treatment during MDA campaigns.

Morbidity management and disability prevention for lymphatic filariasis in Sri Lanka: Current status and future prospects

Milmini Chandrasena, Ranjan Premaratna, Indeewarie E. Gunaratna and Nilanthi R. de Silva
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Sri Lanka was acknowledged to have eliminated lymphatic filariasis (LF) as a public health problem in 2016, largely due to its success in Mass Drug Administration (MDA) to interrupt disease transmission. Analysis of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) of the national Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP) program, the other pillar of the LF control program, was carried out with the objective of evaluating it and providing recommendations to optimize the use of available resources.


River blindness: reducing the prevalence of clinical disease

Charles Mackenzie, Martin Kollman, Sabine Specht and Yao Sodhalon
Community Eye Health Journal
It may be time to widen the focus of onchocerciasis programs to include the prevention and treatment of clinical disease of the eyes and skin. There is a general perception that onchocerciasis is now much less of a public health problem than in past decades, and that new cases of onchocercal disease are few. This assumption needs to be backed up by solid research, especially in countries that are highly endemic and/or where the distribution of ivermectin has not been regularly achieved due to violent conflict.

Assessment of community knowledge and participation in onchocerciasis programme in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria

Olanbanji A. Surakat et al.
Infection, Disease & Health
This study reports knowledge of onchocerciasis and surrounding factors from the perspective of community members, Community drug distributors and health workers in eight endemic Local Government Agencies of Ogun State, Nigeria.

Successful April 2018 MDA for onchocerciasis elimination in Yemen

The International Agency for Prevention of Blindness
River blindness elimination efforts in Yemen were highly successful in April despite the ongoing civil conflict. Enough Mectizan is provided by the Mectizan Donation Program to treat more than 36,000 people for river blindness resulting in an impressive 88% treatment coverage for onchocerciasis! The [mass drug adminstration, or] MDA was integrated with the soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and schistosomiasis control program with 82% treatment coverage.


Human-snail transmission environment shapes long term schistosomiasis control outcomes: implications for predictive modelling

David Gurarie et al.
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Predictive mathematical models of Schistosoma transmission have often chosen to simplify or ignore the details of environmental human-snail interaction in their analyses. Schistosome transmission models now aim to provide better precision for policy planning of elimination of transmission. This heightens the importance of including the environmental complexity of vector-pathogen interaction in order to make more accurate projections.

Diagnostic Performance of Kato Katz and Point-of-Care Circulating Cathodic Antigen Rapid Test to Diagnose Schistosoma mansoni

Humphrey D. Mazigo and Jorg Heukelbach
Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease
In the past two decades, human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection has been recognized as an important confounding factor in the parasitological diagnosis of Schistosoma mansoni infection using the Kato Katz technique. The present cross-sectional survey compared the diagnostic performance of the Kato Katz technique and the Point Of Care Circulating Cathodic Antigen Rapid Test in diagnosing S. mansoni infection in an adult population co-infected with HIV-1 in northwestern Tanzania.

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

Progress on Serving At-Risk Women of Reproductive Age

Children Without Worms
Nearly 20 years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the risk soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) poses to women of reproductive age (WRA). Children Without Worms (CWW) has helped expand global STH control efforts to include WRA. As the STH Coalition secretariat, CWW is committed to serving as a thought leader and catalyst for removing barriers to preventive chemotherapy and fully operationalizing WHO strategy and guidance.

Preventive Chemotherapy in the Fight against Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis: Achievements and Limitations

Jessica D. Schulz, Wendelin Moser, Eveline Hürlimann and Jennifer Keiser
Trends in Parasitology
Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) are endemic in more than half of the world’s countries. The World Health Organization has advocated targeted preventive chemotherapy (PC) to control STH infections by distributing albendazole or mebendazole to at-risk populations. While the overall impact and sustainability of this strategy is disputed, a decrease in moderate and heavy STH infections can be largely attributed to a scale-up of drug distribution.

Narok schoolkids suffer most from worms, 43 per cent

Susan Muhindi
The Star (Kenya)
The National School-based Deworming Program survey shows 580,849 schoolchildren were dewormed between 2012-17 in Narok. The results show Coast counties performed well owing to sanitation.

Efficacy and tolerability of moxidectin alone and in co-administration against Trichuris thrichiura

Beatrice Barda et al.
The Lancet Infectious Diseases
The recommended anthelmintics show low efficacy in a single-dose regimen against Trichuris trichiura. Moxidectin, a new treatment for river blindness, might complement the drug armamentarium for the treatment and control of soil-transmitted helminthiasis. However, its efficacy against T trichiura has not yet been studied. The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy of moxidectin alone and in co-administrations against T trichiura infection.


First 3D Printed Human Corneas

Newcastle University
The first human corneas have been 3D printed by scientists at Newcastle University. It means the technique could be used in the future to ensure an unlimited supply of corneas. As the outermost layer of the human eye, the cornea has an important role in focusing vision. Yet there is a significant shortage of corneas available to transplant, with 10 million people worldwide requiring surgery to prevent corneal blindness as a result of diseases such as trachoma, an infectious eye disorder.

Making gains sustainable: partnering with WASH to stop the transmission of trachoma

Leah Wohlgemuth, Helen Hamilton and Tim Jesudason
Community Eye Health Journal
As countries progress towards elimination, new expanded partnerships and strategies to implement facial cleanliness and environmental improvements to prevent the transmission of trachoma, usually known as ‘F&E’, are becoming increasingly important to sustain the progress being made. Through two major partnership initiatives, The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Trachoma Initiative and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) SAFE Program, new efforts are being made to partner with the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors.

Statement by Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey on the Elimination of Trachoma in Ghana and Nepal

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the Republic of Ghana and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem. USAID congratulates the Governments of Ghana and Nepal on this tremendous success.

Nepal eliminates trachoma: the backstory

Sailesh Kumar Mishra
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
In Nepal, trachoma was the second leading cause of preventable blindness and was endemic in many areas of the country where prevalence rates were as high as 23% in several districts. The Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (NNJS), and the ministry of Health (MoH), with support from International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), initiated the “National Trachoma Program (NTP)” in 2002 with the goal to eliminate trachoma from Nepal.

Dr. Emily Gower: Preventing blindness from NC to Africa

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Emily Gower, PhD, is associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and of ophthalmology in the UNC School of Medicine. Her international research is focused upon improving trichiasis surgery outcomes for people with trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide.


Call for Proposals: Operational Research on Access to Morbidity Management & Disability Prevention Services

The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center
The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) at The Task Force for Global Health is currently soliciting proposals for operational research aimed at improving access to morbidity management and disability prevention (MMDP). The NTD-SC and its partners are committed to promoting collaborations between country programmes and local and international researchers, which will lead to endemic-country capacity building and provide value for money through efficient use of resources. With this call, the NTD-SC seeks proposals for operational research nested in national programmes targeting lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, trachoma, and leprosy. Projects will be funded with UK aid from the British government via its support for the Coalition for Operational Research on NTDs (COR-NTD), for which the NTD-SC serves as Secretariat.

Impact of vector biology research on old and emerging neglected tropical diseases

Jesus G. Valenzuela and Serap Aksoy
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Improved knowledge of climate change effects and vector habitats, coupled with mathematical modeling efforts, can predict transmission dynamics and enhance the efficacy of ongoing or future control efforts in the field. The diversity of vectors and diseases presented in the Vector Biology collection emphasizes the growing significance of this area and these research investigations towards effective control.

Using Digital Technology to Detect Vector-Borne Diseases

Tori Rodriguez
Infectious Disease Advisor
A review published in 2017 in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases examined research pertaining to internet-based biosurveillance of vector-borne diseases (VBD) specifically. “When considering the future role of internet big data in enhancing VBD surveillance and control, it is important to recognize that the developers of these digital surveillance methods have long cautioned that they are designed to augment rather than replace conventional surveillance data,” the authors wrote.

Counting Down the 2020 Goals for 9 Neglected Tropical Diseases: What Have We Learned From Quantitative Analysis and Transmission

T Déirdre Hollingsworth
Clinical Infectious Diseases
Infectious disease modeling has an increasing role in public-health policy, with resulting challenges and successes. Appropriate analyses can provide thorough investigation and interpretation of data, as well as identify where the knowledge gaps are most acute. Models can also be used to rigorize our thinking on the processes of infection and transmission and test hypotheses about the likely dynamics and epidemiology.

Achieving universal health coverage in India

N.S. Dharmshaktu
The Sustainable Development Goals advocate universal health coverage for which the definition of health needs to be understood from a holistic perspective. This would entail revisiting the 70-year-old definition of health as described by the World Health Organization—“a state of complete physical, mental, social well-being and not merely absence of disease or infirmity”—and considering other determinants as well. A determinant-based definition of health and well-being will not only help in better perception of disease, but also provide a better tool in deciding the right priority for public health interventions.

Connecting the dots to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases

Noella Bigirimana
Future Africa Forum
Countries like Rwanda have made impressive strides in reducing the prevalence and incidence of NTDs. These countries have shown what is possible with strong partnerships and high-impact initiatives. To maintain the progress toward elimination, however, requires a focus on developing key partnerships and strategies. Beyond maintaining critical interventions like MDA and education around water, proper sanitation and hygiene, here are 5 key strategies to keep in mind.

What is Community Operational Research?

Gerald Midgley, Michael P. Johnson and George Chichirau
European Journal of Operational Research
Community Operational Research (Community OR) has been an explicit sub-domain of OR for more than 30 years. In this paper, we tackle the controversial issue of how it can be differentiated from other forms of OR. While it has been persuasively argued that Community OR cannot be defined by its clients, practitioners or methods, we argue that the common concern of all Community OR practice is the meaningful engagement of communities, whatever form that may take – and the legitimacy of different forms of engagement may be open to debate.

Webinar: WHO Regional Core Competencies for Eye Heath Workers

Held for Africa Day on 25 May, 2018. Speakers: Simona Manchiotti (Consultant WHO AFRO) and Michael Gichangi (Head, Ophthalmic Services Unit, Ministry of Health, Kenya).

Free e-learning courses on quality assurance for rapid diagnostic tests

Roger Peck
Dx News
PATH is excited to announce the launch of two new e-learning courses on quality assurance (QA) programs for diagnostic testing. QA is essential for programs to monitor and improve the quality of diagnostic testing and support effective product introduction.


Macrophage Activation Marker Neopterin: A Candidate Biomarker for Treatment Response and Relapse in Visceral Leishmaniasis

Anke E. Kip et al.
Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
The Leishmania parasite resides and replicates within host macrophages during visceral leishmaniasis (VL). This study aimed to evaluate neopterin, a marker of macrophage activation, as possible pharmacodynamic biomarker to monitor VL treatment response and to predict long-term clinical relapse of VL.

The disease that strikes back: Could a form of leishmaniasis challenge elimination efforts in India?

While the progress against kala-azar deserves to be widely celebrated, leishmaniasis experts are warning the health community against too much complacency: could elimination efforts be undermined by a resurgence of the disease? The results of the study carried out in Bangladesh by DNDi and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) are expected soon. They could confirm the hypothesis that PKDL patients can be an infection “reservoir”: this means that if they are bitten by a sand fly, the insect could then carry the Leishmania parasite, and then re-infect someone else.

WHO resolution on snakebites flags the highly prevalent hazard at home

Afshan Yasmeen
The Hindu
With the World Health Assembly adopting a resolution formally, providing the World Health Organisation (WHO) a strong mandate to develop a comprehensive plan for effective treatment of snakebite, India is now gearing up to tackle this highly prevalent public health hazard. Of the 1,00,000 people who die globally every year from snakebite, one of the world’s most neglected tropical diseases (NTD), at least 46,000 are in India.

Alupe, the forgotten leper camp of Kenya’s social outcasts

Gaitano Pessa
Daily Nation (Kenya)
At Alupe, about eight kilometres from Busia town, Samson Kurgat Kiptalam and Safere Juma sit near an old brick house with rusty iron sheets. The two are victims of a history that society left behind. Their aging faces, and the scars on their limbs, are sad reminders of decades-long battles with one of the world’s most feared diseases — leprosy. The leper colonies were established during colonial times when a policy of mandatory quarantine was effected as the only way to stem the disease, which was falsely considered highly infectious.

Dracunculiasis Eradication: Are We There Yet?

Donald R. Hopkins et al.
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
This report summarizes the status of the global Dracunculiasis Eradication Program as of the end of 2017. Dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease) has been eliminated from 19 of 21 countries where it was endemic in 1986, when an estimated 3.5 million cases occurred worldwide. Only Chad and Ethiopia reported cases in humans, 15 each, in 2017.

WHO’s NCD Commission Lights a Fire Under Heads of State

Brian W Simpson
Global Health NOW
The “Time to Deliver” report by the Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases calls out countries for not living up to the pledges made in 2011 and 2014, which include setting national Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) targets and developing a national plan. No country has met all 19 requirements, according to the report.

Study gauges impact of dengue virus on Ethiopia

Dengue, a mosquito-borne RNA virus, is one of the most serious and rapidly spreading arboviral diseases in the world. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have provided the first baseline data on the prevalence and risk factors of the virus in Ethiopia.

Lost in the War on Malaria, a Chance to Create Local Jobs

Stephanie Fillion
Pass Blue
It is playoff season for the NBA, and each time the basketball star Stephen Curry hits a three-point shot, he donates three mosquito nets to Nothing But Nets, a United Nations Foundation campaign that fights malaria one bed at a time. Last season, Curry sank 402 three-pointers and helped deliver 1,206 nets. The nets, which are laced with a long-lasting insecticide, are known as L.L.I.N.s, and they are distributed by a host of aid groups, saving millions of lives. The nets also generate jobs — a few of them, a close look reveals, in the African nations where they are used.

Malaria control across borders: quasi-experimental evidence from the Trans-Kunene malaria initiative (TKMI)

Aayush Khadka et al.
Malaria Journal
The transmission of malaria through population inflows from highly endemic areas with limited control efforts poses major challenges for national malaria control programmes. Several multilateral programmes have been launched in recent years to address cross-border transmission. This study assesses the potential impact of such a programme at the Angolan–Namibian border.

Why India is finding it difficult to handle Nipah

Sulzhan Bali
Hindustan Times
India is one of the handful of countries in South Asia that have still not had Joint External Evaluation (JEE), a standardised external evaluation conducted by the World Health Organization to assess a countries’ core capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to public health emergencies.

Universal? Expanding the concept of health systems

Global Health
The increasingly globalised model of healthcare practiced in low- and middle income countries around the world has internalised a Western, biomedical model of health as the dominant discourse. But making progress in health for those who need it the most is becoming more challenging than ever – especially if we consider increasing life expectancy, the growing burden of health needs, and the surge of non-communicable diseases and infectious disease outbreaks in the context of under-prepared systems, financial constraints, an insufficient workforce, and under-developed governance structures.

Ghana's unlikely marriage of mining and malaria control draws envious glances

Lucy Lamble
The Guardian
Ghana has the world’s fifth worst malaria burden. It is the number one reason outpatients go to hospital. But from 2004, this rural community began a turnaround that others now want to emulate. Key to the change was a partnership between a mining company, the local community and the government that led to a 75% drop in malaria cases in the Obuasi mine area in just eight years.

Upcoming Events

8th International Conference of the International Lymphoedema Framework
June 6-9, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The principal topics for the conference will include: clinical diagnosis and assessment, self-management, epidemiology and pathophysiology, lymphoedema management, oncology rehab, national guidelines, outcome measures, and pediatric and primary lymphedema.

Improving Quality of Care in Fragile States
June 7, Online Webinar
Management Sciences for Health
Join us for the first webinar in our webinar series, "Quality of Care: An Essential Pillar to Achieve Universal Health Coverage for Women, Children, and Adolescents." In this first webinar of the series, hosted in French and English on two consecutive days, staff of the USAID-funded Integrated Health Project Plus (IHPplus), implemented by Management Sciences for Health and Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd.

Innovations for Universal Health Coverage
June 11-12, Bengaluru, India
The aim of the Innovation for UHC Collaboration is to find ways to leverage the transformational potential of these innovations and accelerate progress towards achieving UHC in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in Asia and Africa. It is led by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a global centre of excellence in public health, Amref Health Africa (Amref), the leading health development NGO in Africa and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the leading centre in multi-disciplinary approaches to development.

Update Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health
June 12-13, New Orleans, Louisiana
American Society for Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
ASTMH has developed this course as an update in the essential components of tropical medicine and traveller's health. This two day meeting is designed for physicians and for all other health care providers working in tropical medicine or traveler's health. 

GAELF10 Meeting
June 13-15, New Delhi, India
The 10th Meeting of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF)

World Ophthamology Congress 2018
June 16-19, Barcelona, Spain
The 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of Ophthalmology will be hosted by the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (SEO) and co-hosted by the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) and Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery (SECOIR). It will be held June 16-19 in Barcelona, Spain.

Snakebite: From Science to Society
June 21-22, Leiden, the Netherlands
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Naturalis organises a 2-day international conference ‘Snakebite : from science to society’ to draw attention to a devastating, neglected tropical disease and to ignite international action on snakebite prevention and treatment. By bringing together science, government, industry and societal & humanitarian aid organisations, we want to take the first steps in developing solutions for the issues concerning snakebites in the tropics.

June 25-26, London, UK
ISNTD d3 will bring togther 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.

ITI Trachoma Expert Committee Meeting
June 26-28, Atlanta, Georgia
International Trachoma Initiative's Trachoma Expert Committee Meeting is an independent body of internationally recognized experts that meets twice annually to review country applications for donations of Zithromax®. 

Eradicate Malaria World Congress 2018
July 1-5,  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.

Science in the City: Neglected Tropical Diseases
July 10,  Seattle, Washington
Julie Jacobson, Senior Program Officer, Global Health with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will discuss controlling neglected tropical diseases. This free even is part of the Pacific Science Center's Global Health and Development lecture series, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and WGHA.

MSF Scientific Days - South Asia 2018
July 16,  New Delhi, India
MSF Scientific Days - South Asia is a conference to showcase research, innovation, and experiences from treatment and humanitarian programmes across the region. The conference provides a platform for stakeholders – health groups, vulnerable communities and treatment providers - to share knowledge and help improve quality of care provided to patients & populations.

5th International Conference on Neglected Tropical & Infectious Diseases
August 29-30,  Boston, Massachussetts
Theme: Uniting all to overcome and fight against NTD's & infectious diseases for improved health protection.

2018 ROP Africa Symposium
September 3-4,  Cape Town, South Africa
The International Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council and The Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology at The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town are proud to announce the 2018 ROP Africa Symposium.

First International Podoconiosis Conference
September 23, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The theme for this is ‘Research to Implementation: A Call for Global Action’. With this invitation to register, we are also calling for abstracts from all those involved in podoconiosis research and implementation. In order to stimulate high levels of participation, the conference programme will include two sessions of research presentations, one of implementation presentations, and a poster display area. Abstracts for each of these will be selected by competitive process, and prizes will be awarded for the best research and the best implementation presentations. Travel awards will be available for a limited number of selected abstracts.

NNN 2018 
September 24-26, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
We are delighted to announce the dates for the 9th NNN annual conference, subject to venue availability.

10th Euro-Global Conference on Infectious Diseases
September 27-29, Rome, Italy
Theme: Advancing in science and improving care to prevent infectious diseases.

International Conference on Migration Health
October 1-3, Rome, Italy
Hosted by the international Society of Travel Medicine.

World Sight Day
October 11, 2018
World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. This year, the "Call to Action" for World Sight Day is "Eye Care Everywhere."

67th Annual ASTMH Meeting 
October 28 - November 1, New Orleans, Louisiana
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. 

7th Global Scabies Control Meeting
October 28, New Orleans, Louisiana
We are pleased to announce the date for the 7th Global Scabies Control meeting. The meeting will be held on Sunday 28th October in New Orleans, LA, USA. Please mark this in your diaries now! Further information and registration details will follow in coming months. 

1st International Caparica Congress on Leishmaniasis
October 29-31, Caparica, Portugal
This conference intends to gather researchers working in areas related to Leishmaniasis, from treatment to prevention. In fact, as leishmaniasis is slowly but constantly, increasing worldwide, this conference is addressed to show the latest research trends in this area. The idea is to push forward the battle against this persistent disease. 

Vector-Borne Diseases in the UK - Biennial Meeting, 2018
December 3-4, Norwich, UK
This meeting will be the fourth we have held on this topic, with previous meetings in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and like before we will bring together members of the major UK research groups who have an interest in vectors or vector-borne diseases which could be a threat to the UK; groups with wider but related areas of interest; members of key UK Government Departments and their Agencies; and representatives of European organisations with an interest in this topic. 

Women Deliver 2019 Conference 
June 3-6, 2019, Vancouver, Canada
The Women Deliver 2019 Conference – the world’s largest gathering on the health, rights, and wellbeing of women and girls – will serve as a fueling station for advocates working to achieve a more gender equal world. In the summer of 2019, over 6,000 world leaders, influencers, advocates, academics, activists, and journalists will flock to Vancouver with dreams of accelerating progress girls and women everywhere.