|Published : 21 Apr 2017, 17:03:48 | Updated : 21 Apr 2017, 17:46:28|
Cases of Visceral Leishmaniasis decrease 97 pc in Bangladesh
Bangladesh has achieved in 2015 the target for eliminating visceral leishmaniasis (kala azar), a neglected tropical disease (NTD), in 97 per cent sub-districts, according to the fourth World Health Organization (WHO) report on NTDs released on April 19, 2017.
The target for elimination was achieved in 82 per cent of sub-districts in India during the same period and in 100 per cent of districts in Nepal.
Diseases decreased due to improvements in vector control, social mobilization of village volunteers, collaboration with other NTD programmes and drug donations from industry partners.
WHO reports remarkable achievements in tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since 2007. An estimated 1.0 billion people received treatment in 2015 alone.
“WHO has observed record-breaking progress towards bringing ancient scourges like sleeping sickness and elephantiasis to their knees,” said WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan. “Over the past 10 years, millions of people have been rescued from disability and poverty, thanks to one of the most effective global partnerships in modern public health”.
The WHO report, Integrating neglected tropical diseases in global health and development, demonstrates how strong political support, generous donations of medicines, and improvements in living conditions have led to sustained expansion of disease control programmes in countries where these diseases are most prevalent.
Since 2007, when a group of global partners met to agree to tackle NTDs together, a variety of local and international partners have worked alongside ministries of health in endemic countries to deliver quality-assured medicines, and provide people with care and long-term management.
In 2012, partners endorsed a WHO NTD roadmap, committing additional support and resources to eliminating 10 of the most common NTDs, according to a report by http://www.who.int/.