Eradication, elimination and control of neglected tropical diseases

Published on May 30, 2019   38 min

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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.

Eradication, elimination and control of neglected tropical diseases

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