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Trends Parasitol. 2007 Nov;23(11):511-4. Epub 2007 Oct 24.

Recent progress in integrated neglected tropical disease control.

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Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine, the George Washington University and Sabin Vaccine Institute, 2300 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA.


Three years have passed since the publication of the first of a series of policy papers, which first highlighted the under-appreciated global burden of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and then outlined a rationale for linking vertical control strategies for the seven most prevalent NTDs in a cost-effective pro-poor package of preventive chemotherapy. Since then, global advocacy for these conditions has increased and, with it, new funds for scale-up of integrated NTD control in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent speeches by the Director General of the World Health Organization at regional meetings have referred to NTDs as important global health priorities ( Outlined here is a summary of the recent progress in global efforts to integrate NTD control, with an emphasis on the challenges that lie ahead.

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