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I am Charles Wondji,
Professor of Vector Biology at the
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
with a strong background in genetics and vector control.
The topic of our lecture today is on
"Neglected Tropical Diseases commonly called NTDs and vector control".
What is the outline for this lecture?
We'll be looking at what are the NTDs and their vectors,
we will be looking at the geographical distribution of these diseases worldwide,
we also will be looking at the current approaches used to control NTDs,
and we'll be clearly looking at the current role of vector control in preventing NTDs.
We also we'll be looking at the benefit of implementing vector control for NTDs,
and we'll be providing also some examples for that.
Finally, we will be looking at how can vector control really play its full role in
preventing or reducing the burden of NTDs and for that,
we'll be looking closely at the recent global vector control responses strategies from WHO.
According to WHO, neglected tropical diseases are a group of
communicable diseases prevalent mainly in tropical and subtropical regions of the world,
and in total they are present in around 149 countries,
and they affect more than one billion people worldwide.
These are mainly in developing countries,
and unfortunately those most affected are poor people living without sanitation,
who are in contact with vectors or live in proximity of domestic animals and livestock.