Overview

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are diseases of the poor, and extremely ubiquitous. More than one-sixth of the world’s population (over one billion people) suffers from at least one NTD, with likely as many as two billion at risk of infection. NTDs­ – which include diseases such as schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, leprosy, and Guinea worm—cause substantial morbidity and mortality, and yet receive comparatively little research or funding attention, particularly compared to the “Big Three” of malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS, as well as emerging and epidemic-prone diseases.

The London Declaration of 2012 galvanized support towards control, elimination or eradication of ten NTDs by 2020; to date, while substantial progress has been made, largely through top-down, vertically-managed single disease control programs, there is a recognition that alternative approaches may be needed to achieve full control of NTDs on a global scale. One such approach, which has been gaining traction over the past decade and is endorsed by the World Health Organization, is the concept of integrating NTD control programs to synergize technical, financial, and human resources.

CGHSS has two primary areas of research interest related to the integration of NTD control:

A screenshot of the CGHSS malaria-schisto integration tool

Scanning electron micrograph of a pair of Schistosoma mansoni. This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. This applies worldwide.

Publications

Standley CJGraeden E, Kerr J, Sorrell EMKatz RDecision support for evidence-based integration of disease control: A proof of concept for malaria and schistosomiasisPLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2018; 12 (4): e0006328. DOI:10.1371/journal.pntd.0006328