Progress for Tanzania - the fight to end trachoma gathers speed

Tanzania, a vast territory in Africa covering around 365 thousand square miles, is home to more than 52 million people.

The majority of the population is rural, making access to health programmes and services difficult, and only 15 percent of people have access to a toilet. 

The country is dealing with 9 of the 18 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) including trachoma - and they continue to be a heavy burden on millions. 

It can be done - an integrated approach for controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases

An analysis of the Neglected Tropical Disease Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC NTD Initiative), which aimed to control or eliminate these diseases through integrated NTD programs that address multiple diseases by combining interventions from health, water and sanitation, education, and other sectors in a unified, coordinated way.

Integrating NTD mapping protocols: can surveys for trachoma and urinary schistosomiasis be done simultaneously?

A study exploring whether school-based “disease mapping” methodology used to assess urinary schistosomiasis (SCH) is useful for determining trachoma interventions and whether the district-based approach recommended for trachoma is useful for SCH control programs.

Control of neglected tropical diseases in Burundi: partnerships, achievements, challenges, and lessons learned after four years of program implementation

A critical overview after four years of a programme that started in Burundi in June 2007. Strategies, achievements, challenges, lessons learned, and future steps for the country, especially in relation to schistosomiasis and STHs, are discussed.

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