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WHO calls for action to heal patients with neglected infections

Geneva, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday asked countries for common actions to heal over 1.5 billion people worldwide with neglected infectious diseases (NID).

It is really critical that all countries come together in order to treat and aid NID-affected people and communities, WHO´s NID Control Department Mwele Ntuli Malecela said.

At the 20th International Symposium on Neglected Infectious Diseases, which is held from Tuesday to Thursday, Ms. Malecela stated that more than a billion people have been treated for at least one of these diseases from 2015 to 2018.

We see a political will and an implementation of control and surveillance programs, which, for example, allowed trachoma to drop by 74%.

16 other nations cut down lymphatic filariasis and reduced buruli cases by 60%, Ms. Malecela said, while calling for more collaboration and comprehensive approaches.

Ms. Malecela also detailed some of major objectives WHO is seeking with a new roadmap entitled ‘Ending Neglect to Achieve the 2021-2030 Sustainable Development Goals’.

Ms. Malecela also mentioned the need for a 75% of coverage rate for integrated chemoprophylaxis treatment.

WHO also expects that 100% of people have access to water and hygiene in endemic areas, 90% at risk are protected from direct costs related to these pathologies; among others.


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