Neglected ('forgotten') diseases are a set of infectious diseases, many of them parasitic, that primarily affect the most vulnerable populations: the poorest of the poor, the most marginalized, and those with the least access to health services, especially impoverished people living in remote rural areas and urban shantytowns. Dealing with these poverty-related diseases need a more integrated and multi-disease approach, one requiring multisectoral action, piggy-backed initiatives, and cost-effective interventions to reduce their negative impact on the health and social and economic well-being of all people in the Americas.
Neglected Infectious Diseases Integrated Approach
Countries of the Americas aim to halt transmission of schistosomiasis by 2020
Representatives of countries affected by schistosomiasis, a chronic parasitic infection, met last week in Puerto Rico to define a roadmap for halting transmission and verifying the elimination of the disease. Schistosomiasis affects primarily school-age children in rural areas of certain countries in the Americas.
:: Mandates and Strategies: NID
- CD50.R17. (Resolution) Strategy and Plan of Action for Chagas Disease Prevention, Control, and Care
- CD50/15. Strategy and Plan of Action for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis
:: Strategic Plans
:: Scientific and Technical Materials
:: Regional Program and Initiatives
- Guía para el desarrollo de Planes Integrados de acción para la prevención, control y eliminación de las Enfermedades Infecciosas Desatendidas (In Spanish)
- A Call to Action: Addressing Soil-transmitted Helminths in Latin America & the Caribbean
- Trust Fund: Prevention, Control & Elimination of Neglected and Other Infectious Diseases in LAC
:: Statistics and Maps
- Prevalence and intensity of infection of Soil-transmitted Helminths in Latin America and the Caribbean Countries
- Neglected Infectious Diseases Brochure, 2010