Diseases of Poverty: Shrinking the Map on Malaria, NTDs
Monday, May 11, 2015
Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Special Envoy for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, co-authored an article posted in The Lancet discussing the progress being made in combating Malaria in the Latin American and Caribbean regions and how integrated, evidence-based, and targeted approaches and interventions can help reduce the global burden of NTDs.
"Globally, we have seen malaria deaths fall by 47 percent between 2000 and 2013 — an achievement that no doubt reflects the strong political will and investments from international donors and endemic countries alike. These funds have enabled the scale-up of insecticide-treated bed nets and other critical malaria interventions, helping to save an estimated 4.3 million lives."
The Dominican Republic in particular has had success in "reducing the burden of lymphatic filariasis (LF) and controlling dengue, two mosquito-borne neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). These diseases are a group of 17 parasitic and bacterial diseases that share a high burden in many malaria-endemic countries. This success story brings attention to how efforts to eliminate malaria can also help reduce the burden of NTDs, which impact the most marginalized and vulnerable populations."