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Socioeconomic aspects of neglected tropical diseases.

Conteh, Lesong, Engels, Thomas and Molyneux, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8537-7947 (2010) 'Socioeconomic aspects of neglected tropical diseases.'. Lancet, Vol 375, Issue 9710, pp. 239-47.

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Abstract

Although many examples of highly cost-effective interventions to control neglected tropical diseases exist, our understanding of the full economic effect that these diseases have on individuals, households, and nations needs to be improved to target interventions more effectively and equitably. We review data for the effect of neglected tropical diseases on a population's health and economy. We also present evidence on the costs, cost-effectiveness, and financing of strategies to monitor, control, or reduce morbidity and mortality associated with these diseases. We explore the potential for economies of scale and scope in terms of the costs and benefits of successfully delivering large-scale and integrated interventions. The low cost of neglected tropical disease control is driven by four factors: the commitment of pharmaceutical companies to provide free drugs; the scale of programmes; the opportunities for synergising delivery modes; and the often non-remunerated volunteer contribution of communities and teachers in drug distribution. Finally, we make suggestions for future economic research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Helminth infections; Ascariasis; Hookworm infection; Trichuriasis; Lymphatic filariasis; Onchocerciasis; Dracunculiasis; Schistosomiasis; Chagas disease; Human African trypanosomiasis; Leishmaniasis; Buruli ulcer; Leprosy; Trachoma.
Subjects: WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 680 Tropical diseases (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 705 Trypanosomiasis
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 715 Visceral leishmaniasis
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 890 Hookworm infections (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 870 Ascariasis
WC Communicable Diseases > Infection. Bacterial Infections > Other Bacterial Infections. Zoonotic Bacterial Infections > WC 302 Actinomycetales infections. Mycobacterium infections
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 880 Filariasis and related conditions (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Infection. Bacterial Infections > Other Bacterial Infections. Zoonotic Bacterial Infections > WC 335 Leprosy
WW Ophthalmology > Diseases. Color Perception > WW 140 Eye diseases
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 810 Schistosomiasis
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 885 Onchocerciasis
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61422-7
Depositing User: Users 67 not found.
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2010 09:37
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2018 15:39
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/1057

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