On the 24-25th of October 2017, the final CYSTINET-Europe conference took place in Athens at the Hellenic Pasteur Institute. Several members of the CYSTINET-Africa partners Germany I and II as well as Tanzania I and II participated actively.
Among the invited speakers was Dr. Hélène Carabin (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, USA) - one of our scientific advisors - giving an excellent talk about “10 years of research on cysticercosis in Burkina Faso using the One Health concept”.
Dr. Helena Ngowi (director of CYSTINET-Africa) and Prof. Andrea Winkler (co-director) presented CYSTINET-Africa activities to the audience. Partner Sambia (Dr. Evans Mwape) also gave an interesting talk ...
Helena Ngowi introduced the CYSTINET-Africa Concortium at ECTMIH 2017 apllying our six pillars of the project: Human health, Animal health, Community livelihood, Capacity building, Policy development, Networking ...
CYSTINET-Africa members (Germany I: Andrea Winkler and Veronika Schmidt and Germany II: Clarissa Prazeres da Costa) joined the NTD/EID meeting at the Centre for Global Health, Oslo University. This meeting included inspiring presentations and discussions with stakeholders (e.g. Dr. John Amuasi, Director of the African #NTD network and Dr. Joyce Kaducu, Minister for Primary Health Care in Uganda) about a potential lease of NTD and EID programmes. ...
8th Network of NGOs for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NNN) conference, Dakar, Senegal, 28-30 September, 2017
The last decades has seen unprecedented effort by the international community to control, and ultimately eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDS). Billions of Dollars have been spent on treatment of NTDs and impressive achievements have been recorded, some NTDs being on the verge of elimination. Huge steps have thus been taken towards these goals, with the group of diseases addressed by preventive chemotherapy receiving particular attention. In 2016 one billion people received treatment for at least one of the preventive chemotherapy diseases (lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths, trachoma), a landmark number in the fight against neglected tropical diseases.
On September 25-26, a meeting for the development of WHO guidelines for diagnosis and treatment for Taenia solium neurocysticercosis (NCC) took place at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Experts with various backgrounds in this field from all over the world came together to discuss and agree on recommendations.
As a preparation, the systematic review team (Annette Abraham & Javier Bustos) had summarized all the available evidence in this field. They were supervised by Prof. Winkler and Prof. Garcia and got methodological input from Prof. Carabin (methods expert). The discussion by the experts was based on the resulting evidence profiles and recommendations were drafted during the meeting.
These guidelines aim to improve the care for NCC patients and provide health practitioners worldwide with a guidance.