The Global Health Council recently published two new position papers on malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The papers outline the burden of the diseases, cost-effective interventions, and research needs. They also state the Council’s positions on malaria and NTD policy and give specific recommendations for next steps to control these diseases.
Malaria: A Global Health Council Position Paper
Malaria continues to threaten millions of lives around the world, especially those of poor women and children. However, significant progress has been made over the last decade thanks to increased coordination, political will, and the resources to bring new tools to more of those who need them. Thousands of children have been saved and malaria cases have started to drop in some areas. Scale up of control programs has confirmed that available interventions cost little when compared with the health benefits they return. More research is needed to develop new prevention methods, stave off drug and insecticide resistance, and optimize the delivery and use of current tools. Malaria prevention, treatment, and research efforts must be accelerated to eliminate the burden of this disease across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. download here
Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Global Health Council Position Paper
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have afflicted humanity for centuries and “disproportionately affect poor and rural populations who lack access to safe water, sanitation, and essential medicines.” They blind, disable, disfigure, stigmatize and potentially kill. The burden of NTDs is concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, resulting in between 18 and 57 million years of life lost due to premature mortality and disability. This exceeds the burden of tuberculosis, malaria and many childhood diseases, according to some calculations. About one billion people are currently infected with one or more NTDs; an additional two billion are at risk. download here