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My name is Professor David Molyneux.
I'm an honorary professor in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
I'm going to talk about eradication,
elimination, and control of the neglected tropical diseases.
As these issues will arise constantly during
these series of talks on "Neglected Tropical Diseases" for the HS talks.
In the late 1980s,
an International Task Force for Disease Eradication was established
in Atlanta associated with the Centers for Disease Control.
In 1993, they issued a report which followed the review of
some 90 plus diseases which were evaluated as being possible for eradication.
At the end of the study of over 92 diseases,
the following were considered as eradicable;
dracunculiasis or Guinea worm disease,
polio, cysticercosis which is a disease caused by tapeworms,
rubella, lymphatic filariasis, and mumps.
However, the criteria for
evaluating these diseases in which were considered by this committee,
were outlined as in this slide,
"The Eradication of Infectious Diseases" book was produced as a result of a meeting in
Berlin, a Dahlem Workshop, in the 1990s and they outlined in this book
the issues around eradication in terms of their feasibility,
the costs and benefits,
and the considerations which are required to embark on evaluation campaigns.