WHO partners with MENTOR Initiative to control leishmaniasis in Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor
26 May 2014 – In a strategic effort to control outbreaks of leishmaniasis in the hard-to-reach and opposition-controlled areas, WHO partnered with MENTOR Initiative to distribute long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINS) for over half a million beneficiaries in Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor governorates of northern Syria.
Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease, endemic in many parts of the world, including in Syria. Several outbreaks have occurred in the Middle East over the past decades, mostly related to war-associated population migration. However, the frequency and magnitude of leishmaniasis occurrence became alarming as the Syrian conflict drags into the fifth year.