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Fit for purpose: do we have the right tools to sustain NTD elimination?

Reimer, Lisa ORCID:, Adams, Emily ORCID:, Paine, Mark ORCID:, Ranson, Hilary ORCID:, Coleman, Marlize, Thomsen, Edward ORCID:, MacPherson, Eleanor ORCID:, Hollingsworth, T, Kelly-Hope, Louise ORCID:, Bockarie, Moses, Ford, Louise, Harrison, Robert, Stothard, Russell ORCID:, Taylor, Mark ORCID:, Hamon, Nicholas and Torr, Steve ORCID: (2015) 'Fit for purpose: do we have the right tools to sustain NTD elimination?'. BMC Proceedings, Vol 9, Issue Suppl 10, S5.

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Priorities for NTD control programmes will shift over the next 10-20 years as the elimination phase reaches the ‘end game’ for some NTDs, and the recognition that the control of other NTDs is much more problematic. The current goal of scaling up programmes based on preventive chemotherapy (PCT) will alter to sustaining NTD prevention, through sensitive surveillance and rapid response to resurgence. A new suite of tools and approaches will be required for both PCT and Intensive Disease Management (IDM) diseases in this timeframe to enable disease endemic countries to:

1. Sensitively and sustainably survey NTD transmission and prevalence in order to identify and respond quickly to resurgence.

2. Set relevant control targets based not only on epidemiological indicators but also entomological and ecological metrics and use decision support technology to help meet those targets.

3. Implement verified and cost-effective tools to prevent transmission throughout the elimination phase.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and partners propose to evaluate and implement existing tools from other disease systems as well as new tools in the pipeline in order to support endemic country ownership in NTD decision-making during the elimination phase and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 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: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
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Depositing User: Samantha Sheldrake
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2016 16:30
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2019 12:52


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