Neglected tropical diseases: Exploring long term practical approaches to achieve sustainable disease elimination and beyondPublication Date:
Remarkable progress has been made in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, but new challenges
have emerged. Innovative diagnostics, better drugs and new insecticides are often identified as the priority; however,
access to these new tools may not be sufficient to achieve and sustain disease elimination, if certain challenges and
priorities are not considered.
The authors summarise key operational challenges, and based on these, identify two major priorities: strengthening the capacity of the primary health care health system in correctly diagnosing and managing neglected tropical diseases; and establishing an effective disease surveillance process. Five steps are proposed as concrete actions to build an effe
ctive primary health care service for neglected tropical diseases, and a health management information system capa
ble of accurately reporting these diseases. Community engagement and formalization of community health workers role are proposed as essential components of these steps. Shift of financial support from disease oriented programmes to disease integrated interventions, improved access to international guidelines for primary health care staff, and availability of donated drugs in health care structures are also suggested as key elements of the proposed process.
The authors conclude that failure to address these priorities now may lead to further challenges on the long path towards neglected tropical disease elimination and beyond.
Published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty
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| Community delivery
| Childhood illnesses
| Child and maternal health
| Advocacy and policy
Issues: Pneumonia | NTDs | mapd | Malnutrition | Malaria | Diarrhoea | Dengue
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