ARNTD member Prof. Daniel Boakye shares thoughts on integrating vector control as a disease control startegy in Ghana, with Kamran Rafiq of the International Society of Neglected Tropical Diseases

The prevalence of neglected tropical diseases has in many parts of the world decreased significantly – while there has been significant focus on collaboration and access in terms of clinical strategies, attention to integrated vector control has in places been lacking.

Prof. Daniel Boakye of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Accra, Ghana shared thoughts with ISNTD on the Ghanaian experience in integrating vector control in the fight against these diseases of poverty, and emphasised the need for many entomologists in the field of public health.

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Prof. Daniel Boakye Interview

Dr. Fabrice Fekam Boyom

ARNTD member; Dr. Fabrice Boyom, making strides

Seventy percent of Cameroonian women of childbearing age carry one of the world’s most common parasites Toxoplasma gondii.  The resulting infection, toxoplasmosis, can have devastating effects on pregnant women and their babies and cause serious health complications in people with weakened immune systems.

There is no safe and effective treatment for toxoplasmosis, but Dr. Fabrice Fekam Boyom, a professor of biochemistry at the Université de Yaoundé I in Cameroon, is working towards changing that.

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The Launch of Tropical Data

The Launch of Tropical Data

Tropical Data, an initiative led by the World Health Organization, is being launched today. Tropical Data provides an end-to-end epidemiological survey support service – from planning and protocol development to training, data processing, health ministry review and approval, and through to application of the survey outputs – to assist national neglected tropical disease programmes. Initially, Tropical Data will focus on supporting trachoma prevalence surveys, but discussions to broaden its remit are already under way.

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The most dangerous enemies of humanity

The Enemies of Humanity

Arthropod-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease and the Zika virus, seem to be emerging and re-emerging at an alarming rate in the last few years. In this post, we discuss how the technological progress and promise of modern medicine and biotechnology, which has saved countless lives already, contrasts with the continual problems caused by the rapid changes in our world, the lack of political will to provide funding to develop new and implement existing solutions, and the simple lack of public awareness and support.

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