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A centenary of Robert T. Leiper's lasting legacy on schistosomiasis and a COUNTDOWN on control of neglected tropical diseases..

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Alshehri, Hajri, Archer, John, Bustinduy, Amaya L, Gyapong, Margaret, Kabatereine, Narcis B, Stothard, Russell ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9370-3420 and Tchuem-Tchuenté, Lousi Albert (2016) 'A centenary of Robert T. Leiper's lasting legacy on schistosomiasis and a COUNTDOWN on control of neglected tropical diseases..'. Parasitology, Vol 143, Issue 08, pp. 1-11.

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Abstract

Part of Robert T. Leiper's (1881–1969) lasting legacy in medical helminthology is grounded on his pioneering work on schistosomiasis (Bilharzia). Having undertaken many expeditions to the tropics, his fascination with parasite life cycles typically allowed him to devise simple preventive measures that curtailed transmission. Building on his formative work with others in Africa and Asia, and again in Egypt in 1915, he elucidated the life cycles of African schistosomes. His mandate, then commissioned by the British War Office, was to prevent and break transmission of this disease in British troops. This he did by raising standing orders based on simple water hygiene measures. Whilst feasible in military camp settings, today their routine implementation is sadly out of reach for millions of Africans living in poverty. Whilst we celebrate the centenary of Leiper's research we draw attention to some of his lesser known colleagues, then focus on schistosomiasis in Uganda discussing why expanded access to treatment with praziquantel is needed now. Looking to WHO 2020 targets for neglected tropical diseases, we introduce COUNTDOWN, an implementation research consortium funded by DFID, UK, which fosters the scale-up of interventions and confirm the current relevance of Leiper's original research.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 360 Veterans health
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 680 Tropical diseases (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 695 Parasitic diseases (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 810 Schistosomiasis
WZ History of Medicine. Medical Miscellany > History, By Period, Locality, etc. > WZ 112.5.P15 Parasitologists
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1017/S0031182016000998
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 10:24
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2018 12:35
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/5971

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