What the World Needs to Know about Tungiasis

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are caused by different types of organisms including viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Diseases that are caused by parasites are known as parasitic diseases. Parasites that infect humans through infestation and or penetration from the external environment are known as ectoparasites and those that are often ingested and find their way intoContinue reading “What the World Needs to Know about Tungiasis”

What you Need to Know about Chagas Disease (American Trypanosomiasis)

Continuing in the quest to highlight and ignite conversation on Neglected Tropica diseases (NTDs), this week’s focus is on Chagas disease. Chagas disease also known as American Trypanosomiasis is a parasitic disease affecting affecting millions of people. Caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, the disease is spread by Triatomine bugs (kissing bugs) with high prevalenceContinue reading “What you Need to Know about Chagas Disease (American Trypanosomiasis)”

5 Things You Need to Know about Buruli Ulcer

In the quest to ignite conversations on Neglected Tropical Diseases, commonly known as NTDs; Buruli ulcer will be the disease of focus this week. What is Buruli ulcer? Where is it found? How does it affect people around the world? To answer these questions here are the 5 things you need to know. Do youContinue reading “5 Things You Need to Know about Buruli Ulcer”

World NTD Day 2021 #notoNTDs

I was privileged to watch the launch of A road map for neglected tropical diseases2021–2030. It was a wonderful occasion. The road map aims at, Stronger accountability Intensified cross-cutting approaches A change in operating model and culture https://www.who.int/teams/control-of-neglected-tropical-diseases/ending-ntds-together-towards-2030 The speeches, commitments and achievements highlighted by several stakeholders not only showed the hard work to fightContinue reading “World NTD Day 2021 #notoNTDs”

World AIDS Day, 2020

Every year on December 1st the world commemorates World AIDS Day. A Day to reflect on the challenges brought about by the epidemic and the ongoing work to fight the disease. Let us remember; The millions that are still living with the disease The millions whose lives have changed because of the availability of AntiContinue reading “World AIDS Day, 2020”

Leprosy in Wild Chimpanzees- Should we be worried?

On 11th November, 2020 an article in science reported the first confirmed cases of Leprosy in wild chimpanzees ( https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/leprosy-ancient-scourge-humans-found-assail-wild-chimpanzees ). Leprosy is one of the oldest infectious diseases reported in history and is on the WHO list of neglected tropical diseases. It is highly infectious that in ancient times when there was no cure,Continue reading “Leprosy in Wild Chimpanzees- Should we be worried?”

What Were the Most Reported Infectious Diseases Between July and September 2020?

With a lot of information being shared on various social media platforms, knowing which information is true or false is a challenge. When it comes to infectious disease outbreaks and reports, one of the platforms I have relied on is ProMed mail https://promedmail.org With ProMed mail one is able to get email updates on variousContinue reading “What Were the Most Reported Infectious Diseases Between July and September 2020?”

People, Pandemics and Epidemics (PPE)

The year 2020 will go down in history for a lot of reasons but outstanding will be the COVID-19 pandemic. From the onset of the pandemic ( disease outbreak affecting many countries), COVID-19 has exposed challenges in the existing healthcare systems including preparedness to deal with a pandemic both in wealthy and poor countries. DeathContinue reading “People, Pandemics and Epidemics (PPE)”

Lessons from Madagascar and the UK

Madagascar It is plague season again in Madagascar and I wanted to reflect on the previous epidemic.  In 2017, Madagascar experienced one of the worst bubonic and pneumonic plague epidemics with over 2300 confirmed cases and more than 200 deaths. The disease spread into urban areas making it more challenging to control. The epidemic whichContinue reading “Lessons from Madagascar and the UK”

Experimental Drugs and Vulnerable Populations

I read a very interesting and thought provoking article this week by Fiston Mahamba, a freelance journalist in Beni ( https://reliefweb.int/report/democratic-republic-congo/congo-becomes-testing-ground-experimental-drugs-it-fights-ebola ). His article was on the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and outlines a number of experimental drugs approved to treat people with Ebola. The current outbreak is a conflictContinue reading “Experimental Drugs and Vulnerable Populations”