Some Neglected Diseases Could be Eliminated in the Americas, PAHO Paper Says Print E-mail

Washington, DC, February 18, 2011 (PAHO) - This fact sheet describes the activities carried out by the PAHO Communicable Disease Project for its neglected disease team to prevent, control and eliminate neglected ('forgotten') diseases primarily affecting the most vulnerable, impoverished, and marginalized populations. Parasitic diseases are a large part in the program's work, but the scope is now broader and follows a more integrated and multi-disease approach to create multisectoral action and cost-effective interventions to combat these poverty-related diseases.  

Mission: To reduce the negative impact of neglected infectious diseases on the health and social and economic well-being of all peoples in the Americas.

Areas of Work

Neglected diseases are listed by category as follows:

  • Bacterial
  • Parasitic protozoa
  • Parasitic nematodes (roundworms) Parasitic trematodes (flatworms)
  • Parasitic cestodes (tapeworms)
  • Parasitic fungi and Ectoparasitic anthropods
  • Viral


Notes: Brazil does not consider any infectious disease in its territory as neglected but does recognize the existence of diseases of poverty in its territory.
WHO includes the majority of the diseases on this page under the heading of neglected tropical diseases. Plague and hantavirus, however, are not strictly tropical diseases.

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