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Mapping neglected tropical diseases: a global view.

Brooker SJ, Smith JL - Community Eye Health (2013)

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Affiliation: Professor of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK.

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Maps are important for designing and implementing interventions targeted at the control and elimination of diseases, including neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)... Forthose NTDs which are targeted for elimination, such asoncho-cerciasis and lymphatic filariasis (LF), it is essential to know where transmission occurs and when it has been successfully halted following control initiatives... For those NTDs where disease control is the goal, including trachoma, soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and schistosomiasis, interventions are most cost-effective when they are focused in areas with the highest prevalence of infection... People with high Loa loa parasite loads are at high risk of severe adverse events following ivermectin treatment (used for treatment of onchocerciasis and LF)... The Global Atlas of Helminth Infections (GAHI) aims to collate available data on STH and schistosomiasis, as well as LF into a single resource in order to describe their global distribution and prevalence... The assembled data are useful for a number of epidemiological purposes, such as estimating the number of people infected with these NTDs and using modern statistical methods to predict the distribution of infection in unsampled areas... This project uses the latest smartphone technologies to collect trachoma survey data and automatically compiles them into a linked database that allows maps to be quickly updated... There are other NTD mapping initiatives, including the Global NTD Platform, Atlas of Human African Trypanosomiasis, Leishmaniasis e-compendium, and the WHO's global health repository, as well as efforts by WHO regional offices (see panel)... These various NTD mapping initiatives and atlases rely on contributions from the wider NTD community- revision and improvement requires further information on the prevalence of infection within countries... If you know of relevant data that could be included, or if you would like to be a partner in the initiatives, then please contact the relevant projects... SJB is supported by a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in Basic Biomédical Science (098045) and acknowledges support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation... JLS is supported by a grant to the International Trachoma Initiative from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Mapping neglected tropical diseases: a global view.

Brooker SJ, Smith JL - Community Eye Health (2013)

Simon J Brooker
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Affiliation: Professor of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK.

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Maps are important for designing and implementing interventions targeted at the control and elimination of diseases, including neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)... Forthose NTDs which are targeted for elimination, such asoncho-cerciasis and lymphatic filariasis (LF), it is essential to know where transmission occurs and when it has been successfully halted following control initiatives... For those NTDs where disease control is the goal, including trachoma, soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and schistosomiasis, interventions are most cost-effective when they are focused in areas with the highest prevalence of infection... People with high Loa loa parasite loads are at high risk of severe adverse events following ivermectin treatment (used for treatment of onchocerciasis and LF)... The Global Atlas of Helminth Infections (GAHI) aims to collate available data on STH and schistosomiasis, as well as LF into a single resource in order to describe their global distribution and prevalence... The assembled data are useful for a number of epidemiological purposes, such as estimating the number of people infected with these NTDs and using modern statistical methods to predict the distribution of infection in unsampled areas... This project uses the latest smartphone technologies to collect trachoma survey data and automatically compiles them into a linked database that allows maps to be quickly updated... There are other NTD mapping initiatives, including the Global NTD Platform, Atlas of Human African Trypanosomiasis, Leishmaniasis e-compendium, and the WHO's global health repository, as well as efforts by WHO regional offices (see panel)... These various NTD mapping initiatives and atlases rely on contributions from the wider NTD community- revision and improvement requires further information on the prevalence of infection within countries... If you know of relevant data that could be included, or if you would like to be a partner in the initiatives, then please contact the relevant projects... SJB is supported by a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in Basic Biomédical Science (098045) and acknowledges support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation... JLS is supported by a grant to the International Trachoma Initiative from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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