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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. 

Teams retrieve a damaged water pipe at Busiro landing sire on the shores of Lake Victoria.

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Lymphatic filariasis

Guyana likely to be declared free from Filaria as pill distribution campaign wraps up

News Source Guyana
Guyana is set to be declared free from Lymphatic Filariasis as the National Pill Distribution Campaign to fight the disease wraps up with more than 70% of the population receiving the triple-drug therapy. Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony said the campaign has been a success and Guyana is now on its way to full elimination of the disease that has plagued the nation for years.

Two Decades of Public Health Achievements in Lymphatic Filariasis (2000–2020): Reflections, Progress and Future Challenges

International Health
Celebrating 20 years of progress since the launching the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis, International Health has issued a special supplement to review public health gains and scientific achievements of the program. Quoting the accompanying editorial: “The latest figures for lymphatic filariasis (LF) reported by World Health Organization (WHO) in the Weekly Epidemiological Record of September 2020 stated that in 2019, 521 million people were treated, a figure for annual treatments that has been consistent over the last decade, with a total of some 12 billion tablets (albendazole, ivermectin and diethylcarbamazine [DEC]) delivered to countries since 2011. The cumulative total number of LF treatments is estimated to be on the order of 7.7 billion since the programme began. In this context, not only have 17 countries been validated as having eliminated LF as a public health problem, many others have seen a dramatic decrease in prevalence as rounds of mass drug administration have achieved scale and high coverage rates.”

Safety and Tolerability of Mass Diethylcarbamazine and Albendazole Administration for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis ..

Christabel Khaemba et al.
Pharmaceuticals
One in six participants experienced systemic mild-to-moderate severity grading and transient AEs. DEC and ALB co-administration for the elimination of LF is generally safe and well-tolerated.

Pooled effort to tackle pooled testing: modern software for analysis of molecular xenomonitoring data

Angus McLure
COR-NTD Blog
Molecular xenomonitoring (MX), the surveillance of disease vectors for evidence of infection using DNA-based PCR methods, can be a cost-effective and non-invasive surveillance technique for vector-borne diseases. Disease vectors (e.g. mosquitos, blackflies) can be trapped en masse and tested in batches or pools, keeping down the cost of surveillance. The results of these pooled tests can then be used not only to identify sites with active transmission, but also quantify the intensity of transmission by estimating the prevalence of infection within the vector species. . . The program could read in MX data, split it into groups based on any of the variables (e.g. by region), and estimate prevalence separately for each group. Using the new program, Brady's vector and location specific analyses only took a few minutes and a handful of lines of R code — one line to read in the data, one line each for estimating prevalence for each way of splitting up the data (e.g. splitting by region, or splitting by region and vector species), and a few lines for saving the outputs. With the growing use of MX, we thought we should make the code available to the community of researchers and public health officers doing MX around the world.

Onchocerciasis

Researchers call for access to Ivermectin for young children

Paula Feery
Eureka Alert
Millions of children weighing less than 15kg are currently denied access to Ivermectin treatment due to insufficient safety data being available to support a change to the current label indication. The WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN)'s new meta-analysis published today provides evidence that supports removing this barrier and improving treatment equity.

Uganda Resumes MDA, Follows COVID-19 Protocols

The Carter Center
Eye of the Eagle
After stopping in April 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Carter Center-assisted mass drug administration (MDA) program for onchocerciasis in Uganda restarted in August, making it one of the first such campaigns in the world to resume. The campaign provided 1,338,717 Mectizan® (donated by Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA) treatments to the two foci of Uganda still under MDA, demonstrating that MDA can safely be conducted when paired with well-focused coronavirus prevention messages, adequate protective equipment, and diligent adherence to protocols.

Ethiopia Elimination Meeting Focuses on Mapping Endemicity

The Carter Center
Eye of the Eagle
The seventh meeting of the Ethiopian Onchocerciasis Elimination Expert Advisory Committee (EOEEAC) celebrated achievements in mapping and impact on transmission despite limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. As perhaps the largest effort to map onchocerciasis endemicity using serology in the world, Ethiopia is well positioned to share its experience with site selection, team management, and laboratory development. These data are also of global importance as the onchocerciasis community discusses new procedures and thresholds for decision making.

VIDEO: Delineation of transmission zones to improve the evidence-base for stop MDA decisions

NTD Support Center
YouTube
Full recording of a Research Links session hosted by the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD)

Schistosomiasis

Land use impacts on parasitic infection: a cross-sectional epidemiological study on the role of irrigated agriculture . . .

Andrea J. Lund et al.
Infectious Diseases of Poverty
Household engagement in irrigated agriculture increases individual risk of S. haematobium but not S. mansoni infection. Increased contact with irrigated landscapes likely drives exposure, with greater impacts on households relying on agricultural livelihoods.

Epitope Mapping of Exposed Tegument and Alimentary Tract Proteins Identifies Putative Antigenic Targets ... Schistosome Vaccine

Leonardo P. Farias et al.
Frontiers in Immunology
The radiation-attenuated cercarial vaccine remains the gold standard for the induction of protective immunity against Schistosoma mansoni. . . The result is a list of priority peptides from 44 proteins for further investigation in multiepitope vaccine constructs and as targets of monoclonal antibodies.

Diagnosis and clinical management of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis: A scoping review of the literature

Francesca Tamarozzi, Veronica A. Fittipaldo, Hans Martin Orth, Joachim Richter, Dora Buonfrate, Niccolò Riccardi and Federico G. Gobbi
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Hepatosplenic schistosomiasis (HSS) requires a complex clinical management, but no specific guidelines exist. We aimed to provide a comprehensive picture of consolidated findings and knowledge gaps, by reviewing the scientific literature published in the past 40 years on the diagnosis and treatment of HSS.

Liver stiffness is able to differentiate hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni from liver cirrhosis . .

Catherine F Silva et al.
Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Transient elastography (TE) can play a role in differentiating HSS from cirrhosis, especially by liver stiffness. Spleen stiffness may be further investigated for predicting complications in hepatosplenic schistosomiasis.

Low-cost, disease-detecting biosensors show global health promise

Genevieve Timmins
Imperial College London
Researchers have developed low-cost, biodegradable biosensors for global health applications in resource-limited settings. . . The team and collaborators set out to first investigate whether the AL-PHA beads could detect Schistosoma mansoni – a water-borne parasite and one of the principal causative agents of the neglected tropical disease schistosomiasis. . . Using S. mansoni derived samples containing soluble cercarial antigens, the biosensors were able to successfully detect protease activity specific to the organism that causes schistosomiasis in humans.

Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis

Effectiveness of Deworming with Single-Dose Albendazole for Preschool-Aged Children in the Dominican Republic

Ingrid Japa et al.
Global Pediatric Health
Single-dose deworming with albendazole did not reduce Ascaris lumbricoides infections in our sample.

Soil-transmitted helminth infection in pregnancy and long-term child neurocognitive and behavioral development. . .

Amanda Garrison et al.
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
However, these infections in pregnancy and their impact on offspring have been less studied. One previous study found associations between soil-transmitted helminth infection during pregnancy and impaired cognitive functioning in offspring one year after birth. The current study aimed to follow these children prospectively until six years in order to confirm whether these associations persisted or not. Infections during pregnancy were no longer associated with cognitive or motor functioning in children; however, infections were associated with impaired behavioral development. Animal-based models have hypothesized maternal inflammation and poor birth outcomes to be the mechanisms behind this relationship; however, our findings did not support these mechanisms. This is one of very few prospective cohort studies in Sub-Saharan Africa to investigate these associations, and more research is needed to corroborate results.

Maternal postpartum deworming and infant milk intake: Secondary outcomes from a trial

Layla S. Mofid et al.
Maternal & Child Nutrition
WHO considers women of reproductive age, including pregnant and lactating women, to be a high‐risk group for STH infections. In 2015, it was estimated that nearly 70 million lactating women required preventive chemotherapy for STH. At 1‐ and 6‐month postpartum, we found no statistically significant difference in milk intake between infants of mothers administered albendazole or placebo following delivery. At 6‐month postpartum, we found a statistically significant increase in milk intake among infants of mothers infected with T. trichiura compared with infants of uninfected mothers. We recommend that our results be corroborated in higher STH endemicity regions.

In vivo and in vitro efficacy of a single dose of albendazole against hookworm infection in northwest Ethiopia: open-label trial

Wolelaw Bezie et al.
Tropical Medicine and Health
A single dose of albendazole was found to be effective for treating hookworm infections according to WHO anthelminthic evaluation standard in the study area. Preventive chemotherapy might therefore be extended to risk groups, with proper continuous monitoring of its efficacy to strengthen and keep the ongoing control and prevention measures one step ahead.

Editorial: Recent Advances in the Immunology of Helminth Infection – Protection, Pathogenesis and Panaceas

Kara J. Filbey, Constance A. M. Finney, Paul R. Giacomin and Mark C. Siracusa
Frontiers in Immunology
Here, we briefly outline the contributions to the Research Topic Recent Advances in the Immunology of Helminth Infection – Protection, Pathogenesis and Panaceas.

Expression of Ascaris lumbricoides putative virulence-associated genes when infecting a human host

Norashikin Mohd-Shaharuddin, Yvonne Ai Lian Lim, Romano Ngui and Sheila Nathan
Parasites & Vectors
On the basis of the expression profile of the putative virulence-associated genes, we propose that the encoded proteins have potential roles in evasion mechanisms, which could guide the development of therapeutic interventions.

Prevalence and species diversity of soil-transmitted helminths (STH) from selected soil samples in Penang Island, Malaysia

MTF Haziqah, RN Farhani and IA Hanim
IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
In this study, the overall prevalence of STH parasites was consider as moderate in all the three different sampling sites. Environmental contamination with Ascaris sp. and Toxocara sp. could possibly be due to defecation by stray animals and owned animals (pets) at the playground and the residentials areas. Nevertheless, appropriate measures need to be taken in order to improve the environment and basic hygiene through a comprehensive community-oriented health education program along with periodic deworming of the companion animals.

Trachoma

Patient perceived barriers to surgical follow-up: Study of 6-month post-operative trichiasis surgery follow-up in Tanzania

Michael Saheb Kashaf et al.
PLOS One
The outcome of surgery was not a barrier to follow-up. However, better integration of CHWs into their communities and work at coordinating post-surgical care may improve follow-up rates. Moreover, provision of transportation and implementation of effective reminder systems may address patient-perceived barriers to improve follow-up.

Water is invaluable: A health perspective from the global program to eliminate trachoma

Leah Wohlgemuth, Kelly Bridges and Tim Jesudason
International Coalition for Trachoma Control
Access to clean water is invaluable. It is essential to almost every aspect of human life, from food and culture, to education, the natural environment, and, of course, our health. Sadly, water scarcity and poor access to clean water is common, affecting 2.2 billion of the world’s poorest populations. This exacerbates the consequences of poverty, including the spread of neglected tropical diseases (NTD), such as trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.

Trachoma Control Program Adjusts to Pandemic

The Carter Center
The program has sought to adapt activities to address short-term COVID-19 needs while working alongside in-country partners and ministries of health to develop risk assessment and mitigation action tools. Read about what they've done to adapt in Ethiopia, Niger and South Sudan.

Cross-cutting

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: closing the gap to end neglected tropical diseases

Nada Osseiran and Ashok Moloo
World Health Organization
Today, on World Water Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its strategy on water, sanitation and hygiene as part of joint efforts by the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and the neglected tropical diseases (NTD) sectors towards ending these diseases over the next decade. The ‘‘Global Strategy on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases – 2021-2030’’ complements the recently launched new NTD road map and aligns with the Sustainable Development Goal targets 6.1 and 6.2 on drinking water and sanitation.

World Water Day: Identifying hotspots in greatest need of WASH/NTD services in Uganda

Crown Agents
Prudence explains that while it has been known for some time that these regions are prevalent for NTDs and that many lack adequate WASH facilities, the workshops, data collection and resulting hotspot mapping has ignited the need for better integration of services.

World Water Day: Supporting the collaboration of WASH/NTD services in Ethiopia

Crown Agents
In February, Ascend supported the organisation and running of workshops for technical working groups that brought together government departments, such as the ministries of water, finance and education, as well as NGOs and others working in the WASH/NTD field from six regions: Afar, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali and Benishangul Gumuz. The purpose was to train attendees and provide a better understanding of the national WASH/NTD framework and how best to use it and increase the implementation of integrated services.

Evaluating the potential impact of interruptions to neglected tropical disease programmes due to COVID-19

T Déirdre Hollingsworth, Pauline Mwinzi, Andreia Vasconcelos and Sake J de Vlas
Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
As part of broad stakeholder engagement, the NTD Modelling Consortium was asked by national programmes, donors, policymakers and implementation partners to estimate the consequences of interrupting NTD interventions and the impacts of mitigation strategies, especially regarding attempts to achieve the 2030 roadmap targets, building on previous work in this area. Initial results were presented on seven NTDs, namely, the Gambiense form of human African trypanosomiasis (gHAT) and visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian sub-continent, which are both controlled by case finding, as well as lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiases and trachoma, which are controlled by preventive chemotherapy through MDA. This special issue of Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene reports the more detailed findings of the modelling studies for each of the seven NTDs following further stakeholder engagement.

Evaluation of health surveillance system attributes: the case of neglected tropical diseases in Kenya

Arthur K. S. Ng’etich, Kuku Voyi and Clifford M. Mutero
BMC Public Health
Health personnel had lower perceptions on the stability, flexibility and data quality of the surveillance system considering PC-NTDs. Reporting timeliness and completeness rates decreased in 2017 compared to previous surveillance periods. Strengthening all surveillance functions would influence health workers’ perceptions and improve surveillance system overall performance with regard to PC-NTDs.

Optimising passive surveillance of a neglected tropical disease in the era of elimination: A modelling study

Joshua Longbottom, Charles Wamboga, Paul R. Bessell, Steve J. Torr and Michelle C. Stanton
Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Our results highlight that surveillance of g-HAT in north-western Uganda can be scaled back without substantially reducing coverage of the PAR. The methodology described can contribute to cost-effective and equable strategies for the surveillance of NTDs and other infectious diseases approaching elimination or (re-)emergence.

Practices in research, surveillance and control of neglected tropical diseases by One Health approaches. . .

Sophie Molia et al.
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
The fight against zoonotic diseases, including NTDs, has greatly benefited from One Health approaches over the last 20 years. The results of this survey show the large attraction these approaches have for scientists working on NTD research, surveillance and control activities in French-speaking tropical countries. However, implementing them is still challenging due to inconsistent political will, insufficient dedicated funding and difficulties in building bridges across multiple sectors and disciplines that each have their own vocabulary, priorities, and ways of conducting research and development projects. There is a significant margin of improvement for One Health uptake, which will be favored by studies on prevalence and economic data integrating impacts at the human, animal and environmental levels, and by studies demonstrating the added value of One Health approaches when they are relevant. Scientific NTD networks have a great role to play in terms of breaking down barriers among sectors and disciplines, promoting exchanges of experiences, and coordinating research to avoid duplication and reinforce synergies.

Addressing Neglected Tropical Diseases During COVID-19

Sydney Thiroux
Borgen Magazine
The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to undo the progress made in the fight against NTDs, but organizations are all working together to amplify the voices of communities affected by these diseases and support interventions for NTDs. Addressing neglected tropical diseases is an important component of breaking cycles of poverty around the world.

Protecting the neglected from disease: the role of gender, health equity and human rights in the fight against NTDs

Simone de Rijk, Katherine Klemperer, Delphine Depierreux, Ziruo Fu and Kirsty Mackinlay
SocArXiv
To ensure NTDs are managed in a way that is sustainable in the long term, the underlying societal inequalities which allow them to persist must be first understood.

VIDEO: A global strategy on water, sanitation and hygiene to combat neglected tropical diseases 2021-2030

World Health Organization
On March 30, the World Health Organization launched the new global strategy on water, sanitation and hygiene to combat neglected tropical diseases 2021-2030, which is an accompaniment to the new Roadmap.

Other

Pandemic hits efforts to stop Mexico's 'silent' killer

Reuters
BD News 24 (Bangladesh)
Chagas patients are more likely to be cured if they are treated soon after infection, making early detection key. But the coronavirus pandemic slowed Mexico's already limited testing and the number of diagnoses more than halved in 2020 compared to 2019 as COVID-19 overwhelmed the health system. Gustavo Sanchez, head of vector-borne diseases at Mexico's disease control agency CENAPRECE, attributed the fall to chronic patients delaying seeking help and fewer people donating to blood banks, whose screening detects many of the cases. He also said the government's capacity to process tests had been curtailed. "We can't deny that diagnostic work, not just for Chagas, for other conditions, was affected by the pandemic," he said.

Publication Trends in Neglected Tropical Diseases of Latin America and the Caribbean: A Bibliometric Analysis

Gustavo Fontecha, Ana Sánchez and Bryan Ortiz
Pathogens
Almost a decade has passed since NTDs were re-launched as a global priority. Investment in research and development, as well as the production of scientific literature on NTDs, is expected to have increased significantly. (2) Methods: A bibliometric analysis of the scientific production of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) was carried out in relation to 19 endemic NTDs.

Investing in Women Improves Health for All

The Task Force for Global Health
In the month of March, the world celebrates International Women’s Day (March 8) and the U.S. marks Women’s History Month. While strides have been made to emphasize the importance of investing in women to advance health equity for all, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of good health and well-being, public health programs must do more to address the crucial role of women in determining health outcomes. In this issue of Dispatches, we explore the reasons why, highlighting program examples and some of the leaders contributing to this work.

Tackling Gender Disparities in Health: Q&A with Three Experts

The Task Force for Global Health
When health practitioners and researchers look at underlying causes of poor health and well-being, they see a number of interconnected issues, from race to gender to socioeconomic status and more. For gender, the socially constructed norms and culturally defined roles, responsibilities, entitlements and rights of being female, male or other identities can shape an individual’s health outcomes. For example, in sub-saharan Africa, three in five new HIV infections among 15-19-year-olds are girls and in 64 countries, only 54 percent of childbirths in the poorest households had a health professional present according to UN Women’s “Women’s Rights in Review” report from 2020. Health inequities like these are only exacerbated by other gender disparities such as nearly half a billion women and girls 15 years and older being illiterate.

Working with local communities in Nigeria to improve access to water and prevent disease

Christian Blind Mission
Together with our long-term partner HANDS, a Nigerian NGO, we’ll be working with ten communities in Kano State, Nigeria, to build accessible water points and train and equip local people to manage these, reducing the risk of disease.

ASTMH Awards and Funding Opportunities

The American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
Several opportunities are available from The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for 2021.

COVID-19

WHO donates essential medicines and laboratory supplies for COVID-19 and EVD Testings to the government of Liberia

ReliefWeb
The World Health Organization (WHO) donated lifesaving medicines and laboratory supplies for testing COVID-19 and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health. The supplies included Praziquantel tablets to treat nearly 1 million people through community mass drug administration, and assorted laboratory reagents and supplies for testing 10,000 suspected COVID-19 samples and 100 suspected EVD samples. WHO Representative for Liberia, Dr. Peter Clement officially handed over of the medicines and supplies to the Honourable Minister of Health. In his handover message, Dr. Clement said, the donation was WHO’s contribution to fight schistosomiasis, combat COVID-19 and mitigate the threats of EVD.

Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination gains pace, nearly 7 million doses given

World Health Organization Africa
Nearly 7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Africa, where after months of waiting on the side-lines for vaccines, many of the first wave of countries to start campaigns are rapidly vaccinating high-risk groups. Countries have accessed vaccines through the COVAX Facility, bilateral deals and donations. Altogether 38 African countries have received more than 25 million COVID-19 vaccines and 30 have started vaccination campaigns.

What is Africa’s vaccine production capacity?

World Health Organization
COVID-19 vaccination in Africa is gathering pace, with more than 7 million doses so far administered. But the continent received vaccines later than other regions of the world and in limited quantity. A few weeks after launching vaccinations, some countries are nearly exhausting their initial supplies. Professor William Ampofo, chairperson of the African Vaccine Manufacturing Initiative, discusses vaccine manufacturing in Africa.

Covid third wave may overrun Africa's healthcare, warns WHO

The Guardian
Rising cases of coronavirus in Africa threaten to overrun fragile healthcare systems and test the continent’s much-touted resilience to the disease, according to the World Health Organization’s regional office for the continent. The global health body stated that infections were on the rise in at least 12 countries in Africa including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Guinea. Across the continent, doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are stretched to the limit as the total cumulative number of infections this week rose above 4.1m, with more than 110,000 fatalities, a sharp rise on the 2.7m infections recorded at the end of December. . . The WHO said only 7 million people had now been vaccinated in a continent of more than a billion people.

Some Nations Could Wait Years for Covid Shots. That’s Bad for Everyone.

Abdi Latif Dahir and Benjamin Mueller
The New York Times
Across the global south, health workers are being sickened and killed by a virus from which doctors and nurses in many rich countries are now largely protected. That is just the most visible cost of a rich-poor divide that has deepened in the second year of the pandemic. Of the vaccine doses given globally, roughly three-quarters have gone to only 10 countries. At least 30 countries have not yet injected a single person. Scientists have long warned that such unfair treatment could not only haunt poorer countries, but also rich ones, if the continued spread of the virus allows it to mutate in ways that undermine vaccines. But the greatest human costs will almost surely be borne by less wealthy nations.

We need US leadership on water security to combat COVID-19 globally

John Oldfield
The Hill
Water is essential for curtailing COVID-19, for climate adaptation and for economic growth — all of which the U.S. president, cabinet and Congress have committed to tackling.

J&J to supply 400 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to African Union

Shawna Chen
Axios
Johnson & Johnson has inked a deal with the African Union (AU) to supply up to 400 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine starting in the third quarter of the year, the drugmaker announced Monday.

Resource: Pragmatic Recommendations for the Management of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
A new supplement offering guidance on severe COVID-19 management in resource-limited settings is now available on the Journal website.

VIDEO: One doctor’s battle against the coronavirus — and against the world’s most neglected diseases

Los Angeles Times
For low- and middle-income countries, the pandemic added new difficulties for populations already facing illnesses that much of the world has never heard of. Often referred to as diseases of poverty, neglected tropical diseases affect one-sixth of the global population. Dr. Peter Hotez is the dean at the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He has spent his career searching for vaccines and treatments for these kinds of tropical diseases.

UPCOMING EVENTS

NOTE - Events may be postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with event organizers to confirm events.

 

World Health Day
April 7, 2021
World Health Organization

World Health Day Symposium 2021
April 7, 2021
Global Minnesota

100 & Change Finalists Live
April 7, 2021
MacArthur Foundation

Introduction to global eye health advocacy
April 13, 2021
The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness 

G-FINDER launch
April 15, 2021
Policy Cures Research

XVI Workshop on Chagas Disease
April 15-16, 2021
Instituto de Salud Global de Barcelona

Spread Truth, Not Disease Hackathon
April 17-18, 2021
The Task Force for Global Health

30th Annual Molecular Parasitology & Vector Biology Symposium
May 4, 2021
Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases, University of Georgia

Workshop: Female Genital Schistosomiasis
May 4-11, 2021
The Geneva Learning Foundation

Topics in Infection 2021
June 18, 2021
The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting 2021 
June 20-26, 2021
The Commonwealth

World Field Epidemiology Day 
September 7, 2021
Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network

NTD NGO Network Conference 2021
September 7-9, 2021
Neglected Tropical Disease NGO Network

COR-NTD 2021 Virtual Meeting
November 8-10, 2021
Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases

American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting
November 17-21, 2021
American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

FREE ONLINE COURSE: Eliminating Trachoma
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

FREE ONLINE COURSE: Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

FREE ONLINE COURSE: Neglected tropical diseases in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: impact and guidance
World Health Organization