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Tailoring mass drug administration to context: implementation research is critical in achieving equitable progress in the control and elimination of helminth neglected tropical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Dean, Laura ORCID: 0000-0002-4910-9707, Page, Samantha, Hawkins, Kate, Stothard, Russell ORCID: 0000-0002-9370-3420, Thomson, Rachael, Wanji, Samuel, Gyapong, Margaret, Anagbogu, Ifeoma, Molyneux, David ORCID: 0000-0001-8537-7947 and Theobald, Sally ORCID: 0000-0002-9053-211X (2016) 'Tailoring mass drug administration to context: implementation research is critical in achieving equitable progress in the control and elimination of helminth neglected tropical diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.'. International Health, Vol 8, Issue 4, pp. 233-234.

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Abstract

The concept of a technological quick fix or 'magic-bullet' for control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is flawed. NTDs are embedded within complex biological and social systems that are shaped by ecological and political contexts. This commentary emphasises the need for implementation research to address implementation gaps in the control of NTDs. With a specific focus on sub-Saharan Africa and helminth diseases amenable to preventive chemotherapy through mass drug administration, we explore the important role of context, programme partnerships and community in achieving equitable and effective NTD control.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Helminths. Annelida > QX 200 Helminths
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 530 International health administration
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 680 Tropical diseases (General)
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Parasitology Department
Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihw031
Depositing User: Rachel Dominguez
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 10:46
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 10:25
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/6044

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