Tuesday, December 5, 2017

(LML) Infolep monthly mail with the latest publications on leprosy – December 2017


Leprosy Mailing List – December 5,  2017

Ref.:  (LML) Infolep monthly mail with the latest publications on leprosy – December 2017 

From:  Jiske Erlings, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Dear Pieter,


Greetings from Infolep!

Did you know that the Infolep portal gives you access to over 27,200 publications on leprosy? The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to inform you about recent publications on leprosy and related subjects.  Feel free to contact me to receive the full text versions if a link to the full text is not provided. Assistance with your literature research is also possible. Do you have any leprosy research or training material you would like to share? Please send me an e-mail.

I am excited to be at the National Leprosy Conference in Delhi next week.
The theme is: "Accelerating towards leprosy free India through Innovative Approaches". 
🇮🇳 Visit the Infolep collection of publications on leprosy in India here.

With kind regards,
Jiske Erlings, jerlings@leprastichting.nl
Infolep Information officer



Highlighted publications



Leprosy Review
Volume 88, issue 3, October 2017. 
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New publications



Patent landscape of neglected tropical diseases: an analysis of worldwide patent families.
Akinsolu FT, de Paiva VN, Souza SS, et al. Global Health. 2017; 13(1):82.
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Infiltration in a child's face due to borderline lepromatous leprosy.
Amin GA, Lucena BD, Pires CAA. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2017 Sep-Oct; 50(5):743.
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Stigmatization in Leprosy: A descriptive study from patients' perspective in Sri Lanka.
Arachchi MM, Wickramasinghe R, Kuruppu NR. Scientific Research Journal. 2017; 5(9):10-13.
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Progress towards a leprosy-free country: the experience of Oman.
Al Awaidy ST. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Nov 20; 11(11):e0006028.
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Current scenario of childhood leprosy at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Southern Rajasthan.
Balai M, Agarwal C, Gupta LK, et al. Indian Dermatol Online J. 2017; 8(6):494-495.
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Leprosy in Pregnancy: Obstetric Diligence is the Key.
Bhatia R, Mehta S, Grover A, et al. J Clin Diagn Res. 2017; 11(10):1-2.
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Regulatory T cells: Friends or foe in human Mycobacterium leprae infection?
Chaves AT, Ribeiro-Junior AF, Lyon S, et al. Immunobiology. 2017 Nov 13. pii: S0171-2985(17)30209-7.
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Leprosy simulating systemic sclerosis: a case report.
Chu BBR, FalcĂŁo BrandĂŁo CĂ´rtes Gobbo G, et al. Rev Bras Reumatol Engl Ed. 2017 Nov - Dec; 57(6):630-632.
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Courtesy stigma: A concealed consternation among caregivers of people affected by leprosy.
Dako-Gyeke M. Social Science & Medicine. 2017.
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Use of fine needle aspirate from peripheral nerves of pure-neural leprosy for cytology and polymerase chain reaction to confirm the diagnosis: A follow-up study of 4 years.
De A, Hasanoor Reja AH, Aggarwal I, et al. Indian J Dermatol. 2017; 62(6):527-535.
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Study of oro-facial deformities in treated leprosy patients in central India.
Deshpande AV, Chaudhary SM, Mukhi JI, et al. Int J Community Med Public Health. 2017; 4(12):4676-4679.
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Swan Neck Deformity Mimicking Claw Hand Caused by Arthritis in Leprosy.
Gunawan H, Haryati NS, Suwarsa O. Case Rep Dermatol. 2017; 9(3):231-235.
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A case of concomitant subcorneal pustular dermatosis and erythema nodosum leprosum in borderline lepromatous leprosy-relapses.
Gunawan H, Roslina N, Suwarsa O. Case Rep Clin Pathol. 2017; 4(4):6-9.
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Two Cases of Lepromatous Leprosy from Exposure to Armadillos in Florida.
Harb J, Pothiawala S, Yonkosky D, et al. Skinmed. 2017; 15(5):391-393.
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Leprosy in Togo: retrospective study of 2630 cases over 15 years.
Kombate K, Teclessou JN, Saka B, et al. Our Dermatol Online. 2017; 8(Supp.1):10-14.
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Hansen's Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis Crossover of Clinical Symptoms: A Case Series of 18 Patients in the United States.
Labuda SM, Schieffelin JS, Shaffer JG, et al. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 2017.
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Immune checkpoints in leprosy: Immunotherapy as a feasible approach to control disease progression.
Lima HR, Gasparoto TH, Malaspina TS, et al. Front Immunol. 2017.
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Comparison of Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay Using Either Natural Octyl Disaccharide-Leprosy IDRI Diagnostic or Phenolic Glycolipid-I Antigens for the Detection of Leprosy Patients in Colombia.
Muñoz M, Beltrán-Alzate JC, Duthie MS, et al. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 2017
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[Educational intervention in nursing for the prevention and control of leprosy].
Salazar MH, Urgellés YG. Enfermería 2017. 2017.
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Revisiting primary neural leprosy: Clinical, serological, molecular, and neurophysiological aspects.
Santos DFD, Mendonça MR, Antunes DE, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Nov 27; 11(11):e0006086.
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Subcutaneous Cyst due to Medicopsis romeroi in a Diabetic Lepromatous Leprosy Patient: An Interesting Case Report and Review from India.
Sharma B, Singh PK, Pandey K, et al. J Clin Diagn Res. 2017; 11(10):1-3.
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Sequence homology and expression profile of genes associated with dna repair pathways in Mycobacterium

Sharma M, Vedithi SC, Das M, et al Int J Mycobacteriol. 2017 Oct-Dec; 6(4):365-378.
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Leprosy mimics adult onset Still's disease in a Chinese patient.
Shrestha B, Li YQ, Fu P. The Egyptian Rheumatologist. 2017.
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NFÎşB transcription factor (p65) immunohistochemistry in leprosy dermal microvasculature.
Silva LM, Hirai KE, de Sousa JR, Microb Pathog. 2017 Nov 20.
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Electrophysiological study of nerves in type-II reaction in leprosy.
Singh SK, Gupta SK, Mukhija RD, et al.
Indian J Dermatol. 2017; 62(6):536-540.
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The role of T helper 25 (Th25) cells in the immune response to M. leprae.
de Sousa JR, Quaresma JAS. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Nov 13.
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Leprosy As a Complex Infection: Breakdown of the Th1 and Th2 Immune Paradigm in the Immunopathogenesis of the Disease.
de Sousa JR, Sotto MN, Simões Quaresma JA. Front Immunol. 2017; 8:1-8.
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Launching Of Immunization with the Vaccine Mycobacterium Indicus Pranii for Eradication of Leprosy in India.
Talwar GP, Jagdish GC. International Journal of Vaccine Research. 2017.
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20 years of gender mainstreaming in health: lessons and reflections for the neglected tropical diseases community.
Theobald S, MacPherson EE, Dean L, BMJ Glob Health. 2017 Nov 12; 2(4):e000512.
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[Leprosy: we figth the disease not those who suffer from it].
Vial PA, Araos R. Rev Chilena Infectol. 2017 Aug; 34(4):305-306.
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Identification of novel genetic loci GAL3ST4 and CHGB involved in susceptibility to leprosy.
Yuan Y, You Y, Wen Y, et al. Sci Rep. 2017 Nov 27; 7(1):16352.
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Journals & Newsletters



Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development: http://dcidj.org/

Hansenologia Internationalis: http://www.ilsl.br/revista/atual.php

Indian Journal of Leprosy: http://www.ijl.org.in/index.html 

Leprosy Review: https://www.lepra.org.uk/Pages/FAQs/Category/volume-88
Leprosy Review Repository (1928-2001) : http://leprev.ilsl.br/arquivo.php

Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases: http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/
Revista de LeprologĂ­a:
WHO Goodwill Ambassador's Newsletter for the elimination of leprosy:




Websites & Services



Global Leprosy Programme http://www.searo.who.int/entity/global_leprosy_programme/en/

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InfoNTD - Information on cross-cutting issues in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)


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Friday, December 1, 2017

(LML) Fear from leprosy and lepraphobia


Leprosy Mailing List – December 1,  2017

Ref.:    (LML) Fear from leprosy and lepraphobia

From:  Khalid Al Aboud, Makkah, Saudi Arabia


Dear Pieter,



In this comment, I wish to share the LML and the blog reader an interesting observation of 2 adults patient who are having pruritus from systemic disorders visiting a far leprosy centre as they are fearing from being affected by leprosy.


In several occasions in history of mankind, fear from catastrophic diseases such as syphilis , plague and leprosy were present. A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder defined by a persistent fear of an object or situation. The phobia typically results in a rapid onset of fear and is present for more than six months. Phobias can be divided  into specific phobias , social phobias, and agoraphobia.


Among phobias from illness (nosophobia), carcinophobia (from cancer), lice (pediculophobia), and leprophobia ( from leprosy ) seem to be more frequent.


In his incisive analysis of lepra-phobia in nineteenth century white America, Gussow argues that one of its inspirations was racism. In a country that was undergoing a demographic transformation by immigration, the entrants were particularly feared and stigmatised by white Americans, as it was the case of the Chinese, who according to the 1882 legislation were prohibited to immigrate into the United States (Gussow, 1989, p. 116).


I can see few published reports in the Pubmed (listed below about leprophobia). Nevertheless , I guess the condition is not frequently recognized and under reported also.


In addition, I feel that the term (leprophobia ), is not well defined in the literature.

Is it fear from contacting and getting the leprosy from leprosy patients or is it a fear from being affected by the disorder. Both situations are related but in fact they are different.


Looking to hear the experience of my colleagues about this topic.



Dr Khalid Al Aboud

Consultant Dermatopathologist 

Head of Public Health Dept

King Faisal Hospital 


Saudi Arabia




-       Gussow, Zachary 1989 Leprosy, racism and public health: social policy in chronic disease control. Boulder, Westview Press.

-       Phobia .[A page in Wikipedia ]. Available at; https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobia

-       Pankajam R, et al. Pityriasis rubra pilaris with leprophobia.

           Int J Lepr Other Mycobact Dis. 1987 Sep;55(3):555-6.

-       Browne SG. Leprophobia West Afr Med J. 1965.Oct;14(5):175-80.

-       Belda W. [A case of leprophobia treated with hypnosis].

           Rev Bras Leprol. 1964 Jan-Dec.;32(1):35-7.


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

(LML) Internet site of ALLF

Leprosy Mailing List – November 30,  2017

Ref.:   (LML) Internet site of ALLF

From:  Antoine MahĂ©, Colmar, France


Dear Pieter and Colleagues,

I wish to inform you that the association des léprologues de langue française (ALLF) and the Bulletin de l'association des léprologues de langue française (BALLF), which the only French-speaking scientific journal considering leprosy and Buruli ulcer have now an open website http://allf.medicalistes.org/


Please do not hesitate to have a walk on that friendly site (in which you will noticeably find links to all recent .pdf files of the BALLF).


Yours truly,


Dr Antoine Mahé


HĂ´pital Pasteur


39, avenue de la Liberté

68024 Colmar Cedex

  SecrĂ©tariat (+33) 03 89 12 44 65 / 41 58

   Fax (+33) 03 89 12 47 69

   Portable (+33) 06 31 27 68 71

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

(LML) InfoNTD monthly mail with the latest publications on cross-cutting issues on NTDs, November 2017

Leprosy Mailing List – November 29,  2017

Ref.:    (LML) InfoNTD monthly mail with the latest publications on cross-cutting issues on NTDs, November 2017

From:  Ilse Egers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Dear Pieter,


This newsletter provides you with a selection of news items and recent publications on cross-cutting issues in NTDs. Our starting point is to add articles covering a wide variety of issues. Unfortunately, this is not always possible due to a limited diversity in and shortage of articles on cross-cutting issues and NTDs.

Feel free to contact us
(infontd@leprastichting.nl) with any questions or to receive the full text versions if a link to the full text is not included. Our document delivery service is free!

Kind regards,
Ilse Egers
InfoNTD Information officer



The Lancet Global Health Blog
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 New publications


A test-and-not-treat strategy for onchocerciasis in Loa loa-endemic areas.
Kamgno J, Pion SD, Chesnais CB, et al. N. Engl. J. Med. 2017:1-9.
Abstract Implementation of an ivermectin-based community treatment strategy for the elimination of onchocerciasis or lymphatic filariasis has been delayed in Central Africa because of the occurrence of serious adverse events, including death, in persons with high levels of circulating Loa loa microfilariae. The LoaScope, a field-friendly diagnostic tool to quantify L. loa microfilariae in peripheral blood, enables rapid, point-of-care identification of persons at risk for serious adverse events.
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How to deal with neglected tropical diseases in the light of an African ethic.
Metz T. Dev World Bioeth. 2017.
Abstract Many countries in Africa, and more generally those in the Global South with tropical areas, are plagued by illnesses that the wealthier parts of the world (mainly 'the West') neither suffer from nor put systematic effort into preventing, treating or curing. What does an ethic with a recognizably African pedigree entail for the ways various agents ought to respond to such neglected diseases? I particularly seek to answer the questions here, by using the 2013-16 Ebola crisis in West Africa to illustrate what should have happened but what by and large did not.
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Combating infectious diseases on the global scale in the era of the sustainable development goals.
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Ann Trop Med Public Health. 2017; 10(5):1111-1112.
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Elimination target for lymphatic filariasis attained in Sri Lanka and Maldives: World health organization.
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS, Ramasamy J. Ann Trop Med Public Health. 2017; 10(5):1369-1370.
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Schistosoma, other helminth infections, and associated risk factors in preschool-aged children in urban Tanzania.
Said K, Hella J, Knopp S, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(11):e0006017.
Abstract Despite the high prevalence of helminth infections among preschool-aged children, control programs in sub-Saharan countries primarily focus on school-aged populations. We assessed the prevalence of helminth infections and determined risk factors for infection among preschool-aged children in the urban setting of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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Health seeking behavior following snakebites in Sri Lanka: Results of an island wide community based survey.
Ediriweera DS, Kasturiratne A, Pathmeswaran A, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(11):e0006073.
Abstract Sri Lanka has a population of 21 million and about 80,000 snakebites occur annually. However, there are limited data on health seeking behavior following bites. We investigated the effects of snakebite and envenoming on health seeking behavior in Sri Lanka.
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The doctor-patient relationship and patient resilience in chronic pain: A qualitative approach to patients' perspectives.
Náfrádi L, Kostova Z, Nakamoto K, et al. Chronic Illn. 2017.
Abstract We conducted in-depth interviews with 20 chronic pain patients. Using open-ended questions, the interviews explored aspects of the doctor-patient relationship that impacted the patients' perceptions of their resilience. Thematic analysis built on an inductive, adaptive approach to data coding was employed to organize a representation of key factors affecting resilience.
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Estimating the number of cases of podoconiosis in Ethiopia using geostatistical methods.
Deribe K, Cano J, Giorgi E, et al. Wellcome Open Res. 2017; 2:78.
Abstract In 2011, the World Health Organization recognized podoconiosis as one of the neglected tropical diseases. Nonetheless, the number of people with podoconiosis and the geographical distribution of the disease is poorly understood. Based on a nationwide mapping survey and geostatistical modelling, we predict the prevalence of podoconiosis and estimate the number of cases across Ethiopia.
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Global causes of blindness and distance vision impairment 1990-2020: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Flaxman SR, Bourne RRA, Resnikoff S, et al. Lancet Glob Health. 2017.
Abstract Contemporary data for causes of vision impairment and blindness form an important basis of recommendations in public health policies. Refreshment of the Global Vision Database with recently published data sources permitted modelling of cause of vision loss data from 1990 to 2015, further disaggregation by cause, and forecasts to 2020.
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Neglected tropical diseases in Brazilian children and adolescents: data analysis from 2009 to 2013.
BrandĂŁo E, Romero S, da Silva MAL, et al. Infect Dis Poverty. 2017; 6(1):154.
Abstract Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) prevail in conditions of poverty and contribute to the maintenance of social inequality. Out of the NTDs prioritized by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, four parasitic infections require mandatory notification: acute Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, malaria, and schistosomiasis. Data on the behaviour of these NTDs in the young population are currently limited. This study seeks to analyse the epidemiological aspects of these parasitic infections in children and adolescents in Brazil.
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Systematic review of community-based, school-based, and combined delivery modes for reaching school-aged children in mass drug administration programs for schistosomiasis.
Burnim M, Ivy JA, King CH. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(10):e0006043.
Abstract The mainstay of current schistosomiasis control programs is mass preventive chemotherapy of school-aged children with praziquantel. This treatment is delivered through school-based, community-based, or combined school- and community-based systems. This review sought to compare the different treatment delivery methods based both on their coverage of school-aged children overall and on their coverage specifically of non-enrolled children.
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Laddering up? A research framework in sanitation for people with disabilities in low-income settings.
Desai G, Wilbur J, Smith K. et al. Waterlines. 2017; 36(4):305–316.
Abstract With a motivation to make progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of sanitation for all by 2030, this paper proposes a framework to guide future research and evaluation of sanitation-for-all initiatives. The proposed framework builds upon the social model of disability, emphasizes a human rights perspective regarding sanitation access and use, leverages existing research and case examples, and is based on the need to extend the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) sanitation ladder to include 'equitable sanitation'.
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Impact of trichiasis surgery on daily living: A longitudinal study in Ethiopia.
Habtamu E, Wondie T, Aweke S. et al. Wellcome Open Research. 2017; 2.
Abstract Trachomatous trichiasis (TT) may lead to disability, impeding productive activities, resulting in loss of income. This study was conducted to determine if trichiasis surgery improves participation in productive and leisure activities, and ability to perform activities without difficulty or assistance.
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How schools can help to build healthy, productive lives, free of trachoma.
Hammou J, Tiruneh G, Kebede A. Community Eye Health. 2017; 30(98):39.
Abstract Children can be effective behaviour-change ambassadors and schools can act as key sites for health interventions to combat trachoma, especially when awareness forms part of the curriculum. These examples from Morocco and Ethiopia illustrate the important role that schools can play in efforts to end trachoma.
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Effectiveness and efficiency of integrating delivery of neglected tropical disease programs.
Means AR. University of Washington. 2017.
Abstract Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect over one billion people globally, resulting in severe disability and disfigurement. With recent calls to eliminate or control many of the NTDs, experts and policy makers recommend integrating NTD programs in co-endemic areas to achieve greater health impact and efficiency. We aimed to learn about the experiences of a range of NTD stakeholders and their perceptions of integration, evaluate the effectiveness and synergy of multi-sectoral approaches to NTD control, and determine the costs and cost drivers of a sub-national integrated NTD program operating at scale.
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Preventive chemotherapy for elimination of lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis in Sierra Leone.
Koroma JB. University of Liverpool. 2017.
Abstract Lymphatic filariasis (LF) and onchocerciasis are highly endemic in Sierra Leone. Using World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for monitoring national programmes where both infections are co-endemic, this study aimed to determine the impact of preventive chemotherapy on transmission intensity by measuring changes in human infection status using standard epidemiological indicators.
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Guideline: preventive chemotherapy to control soil-transmitted helminth infections in at-risk population groups.
World Health Organization. 2017
Abstract This guideline provides global, evidence-informed recommendations on preventive chemotherapy, as a public health intervention in areas endemic for STH, to decrease the worm burden of STH infection in children, adolescent girls, women of reproductive age and pregnant women, including those coinfected with HIV.
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After the epidemic: Zika virus projections for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Colon Gonzalez FDJ, Carlos P, SĂŁo Bernardo C, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017.
Abstract Zika is one of the most challenging emergent vector-borne diseases, yet its future public health impact remains unclear. Zika was of little public health concern until recent reports of its association with congenital syndromes. We produced high-resolution spatially-explicit projections of Zika cases, associated congenital syndromes and monetary costs for Latin America and the Caribbean now that the epidemic phase of the disease appears to be over.
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The cost of mapping trachoma: Data from the Global Trachoma Mapping Project.
Trotignon G, Jones E, Engels T, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(10):e0006023.
Abstract The Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP) was implemented with the aim of completing the baseline map of trachoma globally. Over 2.6 million people were examined in 1,546 districts across 29 countries between December 2012 and January 2016. The aim of the analysis was to estimate the unit cost and to identify the key cost drivers of trachoma prevalence surveys conducted as part of GTMP.
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Translating research into reality: Elimination of lymphatic filariasis from Haiti.
Streit TG, Lafontant JG, Direny AN, et al. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017; 97(Suppl 4):71–75.
Abstract Research provides the essential foundation of disease elimination programs, including the global program to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (GPELF). The development and validation of new diagnostic tools and intervention strategies, critical steps in the evolution of GPELF, required a global effort. Lymphatic filariasis research in Haiti involved many partners and was directly linked to the development of the national elimination program and to the success achieved to date.
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Towards elimination of visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian subcontinent-Translating research to practice to public health.
Hirve S, Kroeger A, Matlashewski G, et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017; 11(10):e0005889.
Abstract The decade following the Regional Strategic Framework for Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL) elimination in 2005 has shown compelling progress in the reduction of VL burden in the Indian subcontinent. The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other stakeholders, has coordinated and financed research for the development of new innovative tools and strategies to support the regional VL elimination initiative. This paper describes the process of the TDR's engagement and contribution to this initiative.
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Social marketing interventions for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs): A systematic review protocol.
Aya Pastrana N, Miranda JJ, Somerville C, et al. PeerJ Prepr. 2017.
Abstract Social marketing influences behaviors to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and society, and this approach could be used in the field of public health for the prevention and control Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Guided by the Hierarchical Model of Social Marketing, this systematic review will assess the breadth of coverage of social marketing interventions about the 17 World Health Organization's priority NTDs.
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Estimating the economic and social consequences for patients diagnosed with human African trypanosomiasis in Muchinga, Lusaka and Eastern Provinces of Zambia (2004-2014).
Mwiinde AM, Simuunza M, Namangala B, et al. Infect Dis Poverty. 2017; 6(1):150.
Abstract Acute human African trypanosomiasis (rHAT) caused by Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense is associated with high mortality and is fatal if left untreated. Only a few studies have examined the psychological, social and economic impacts of rHAT. In this study, mixed qualitative and quantitative research methods were used to evaluate the socio-economic impacts of rHAT in Mambwe, Rufunsa, Mpika and Chama Districts of Zambia.
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Factors related to environmental barriers experienced by persons with and without disabilities in diverse African settings.
Visagie S, Eide AH, Dyrstad K, et al. PLoS ONE. 2017; 12(10):e0186342.
Abstract This paper explores differences in experienced environmental barriers between individuals with and without disabilities and the impact of additional factors on experienced environmental barriers. Data was collected in 2011-2012 by means of a two-stage cluster sampling and comprised 400-500 households in different sites in South Africa, Sudan Malawi and Namibia. Data were collected through self-report survey questionnaires.
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Call for papers

Call for Proposals: Operational Research on Equitable Access to Mass Drug Administration for NTDs.
The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center at The Task Force for Global Health is currently soliciting proposals for operational research nested in national programs targeting lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and trachoma.
All proposals in response to this request for proposals should be submitted via web form no later than 5pm EST December 3, 2017.
Web form: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/cfe8b7e64a7a418fb9b6929101e51e4b
Contact: direct questions to the COR-NTD Secretariat at ntdsceoi@taskforce.org

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