HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Waterborne infectious diseases could soon be consigned to history, says expert

Waterborne infectious diseases, which bring death and illness to millions of people around the world, could largely be consigned to history by 2015 if global health partnerships integrate their programmes, according to Alan Fenwick writing in today's Science.

Professor Fenwick, from Imperial College London, argues that up to seven neglected tropical diseases including river blindness could be brought under control, with infection by some eliminated entirely, if existing programmes increase their coverage.

In Africa some 500 million people need treatment to control diseases such as disfiguring elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis), river blindness (onchocerciasis), schistosomiasis, intestinal worms and the blinding eye infection trachoma.

The donation of drugs by pharmaceutical companies, together with financial donations from foundations, is already having a sizeable impact, with numbers given treatment for these diseases increasing from virtually zero in 1986 to between 20 and 80 million individuals annually in 2006.

More funding is required to convince decision makers of the benefits of treatment, to improve health education material and to deliver the drugs to those who need them. The cost can be as low as 25 pence per person per year, and the impact would be rapid.

"The current situation in Africa is such that most people living close to major rivers and lakes need not be subjected to the waterborne diseases that previously plagued them," writes Professor Fenwick.

"The programmes to prevent death, blindness and disfigurement have proved that they can work, and by 2006 they are reaching ever more people with donated or inexpensive drugs. The health of children in areas that have been reached is improving, and they are gaining a better start in life," he says.

Professor Fenwick leads the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, which is supported by a 20 million donation from the Bill and Melin
'"/>

Contact: Laura Gallagher
L.Gallagher@imperial.ac.uk
44-020-759-46702
Imperial College London
24-Aug-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund awards $8 million to infectious disease investigators
2. Travel ban could reduce spread of SARS or other infectious diseases
3. Use of antibiotic to treat infectious eye disease trachoma may increase risk for reinfection
4. Feds infectious diseases strategy must be broader than biodefense, say ID physicians
5. Presidents budget proposal cuts critical infectious diseases programs to the bone
6. New infectious agents pose new risks for people with bleeding disorders, Jefferson hematologist says
7. Marian Koshland Science Museum receives NIH funding for infectious diseases exhibit
8. Mathematics used to discern immune response to infectious diseases
9. Hospitalization rates for infectious diseases increase among older adults
10. Problem of emerging infectious diseases likely to worsen
11. Corticosteroids often used in treatment of infectious mononucleosis

Post Your Comments:
(Date:1/22/2015)... Angelweddingdress is a famous wedding dress company offering ... follow it on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. The fans will ... draws a lottery every week. , Moreover, the company has ... Click Angelweddingdress homepage for more information. , ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... January 22, 2015 Juvent Sports ( ... the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show to bestow a Juvent ... female amateur golfer, Arlene McKitrick. The award commemorated and ... golf tournament win. She won her first amateur tournament ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... For over 20 years, Dr. David Cruz of ... area has treated just about every type of injury that can ... for those same twenty-plus years, the team at Doctors on ... the best possible doctor. With the combined breadth of ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Yesterday, Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los ... Olsen (R-Modesto) were honored by the California Healthcare ... biomedical science, medical device and pharmaceutical innovation in ... “2014 Life Sciences Champion” award from CHI President ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Payday lending practices in four southern states ... distress to the states that permit them, according to ... on Race and Wealth. , While they generate hundreds ... at the same time substantially depress economic activity, according ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Angelweddingdress Invites Its Customers To Follow It On Facebook, Twitter, And Pinterest 2Health News:All-Time Leading Female Amateur Golfer Arlene McKitrick Receives Juvent Sports Achievement Award at 2015 PGA Show 2Health News:All-Time Leading Female Amateur Golfer Arlene McKitrick Receives Juvent Sports Achievement Award at 2015 PGA Show 3Health News:Industry Leading Chiropractor in Oceanside Joins the Doctors on Liens Network 2Health News:California Biomedical Community Honors Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla & Kristin Olsen 2Health News:California Biomedical Community Honors Senator Holly Mitchell, Assemblymembers Susan Bonilla & Kristin Olsen 3Health News:Howard University Spotlights the Economic Impact of Payday Lending in Southern States 2
(Date:1/23/2015)... 2015  Pete Rose, baseball,s all-time hits leader, is the new ... Myoflex, Ducere Pharma has announced. "Pete,s a Hall ... have him on board with Myoflex," said Ducere Pharma Chief ... player who is known across all generations. The passion and ...
(Date:1/23/2015)... 23, 2015  iMD Companies, Inc. (ICBU) has repositioned itself as ... and grab a foothold in the hydroponic, hemp and medical ... a presence in the sector, and recently partnering with the ... hemp and medical marijuana, iMD is committing to bring its ...
(Date:1/23/2015)... 23, 2015   Leatt Corporation  (OTCQB: LEAT), a global ... all forms of sports, including extreme motor sports, and ... today that the UISP Lega Motociclismo Lombardia, an Italian ... to wear a neck brace during its racing competitions.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Pete Rose bets on Myoflex to relieve aches and pains 2iMD Companies Poised to Make Impact in Multi-Billion Dollar Medical Marijuana Sector With Recent Investments and Strategic Partnerships 2Leatt Announces Neck Braces Now Required For Motocross/Minicross Racing In Italy 2Leatt Announces Neck Braces Now Required For Motocross/Minicross Racing In Italy 3
Cached News: