Development of the tungiasis treatment guideline


Guideline in development

Proposed title

Tungiasis treatment guideline

Purpose and specific objectives of the guideline

No tungiasis treatment guidelines have been published to date. However, in the last few years, new treatments have been tested, with some promising new treatments emerging. Therefore, there is a need to develop guidelines. 

This guideline will be used to make recommendations for tungiasis treatment. The objective is to make available to healthcare professionals in countries where populations are affected by tungiasis recommendations on the treatment and prevention of tungiasis based on new evidence of therapeutic interventions. With the aim of reducing the number of severe forms of tungiasis and decreasing the burden of this neglected disease. With this guideline, PAHO/WHO will be able to fulfill its normative role and provide clear and evidence-based guidance to countries and their partners.

Estimated timeline

Expected publication April 2024.


Dr. Martha Saboyá at
Dr. Santiago Nicholls at

Systematic review team

Ignacio Neumann, Director, GRADE Cono Sur; Universidad San Sebastian; Santiago de Chile, Chile.
Eduardo Quiñelen, Universidad San Sebastian; Santiago de Chile, Chile.
Paula Nahuelhual, Universidad del Desarrollo; Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Tungiasis treatment guideline

Below are the names and short biographies of proposed members of the Guideline Development Group.


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