Neglected tropical diseases

A young girl carrying a plastic bowl and a flask out of the fields

In the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, neglected tropical diseases represent a major public health problem. Some diseases, such as leishmaniasis, are endemic in most countries. Other diseases, such as leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis (bilharzia) and soil-transmitted helminthiases, affect only some countries of the Region or are of low prevalence. Dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) and human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) are only endemic in South Sudan



Yemen poised to eliminate two debilitating neglected tropical diseases in 2015

6 February 2015, Geneva – Campaigns aimed at tackling neglected tropical diseases in Yemen have accelerated with the country on the brink of eliminating schistosomiasis (bilharzia) as a public health...

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Yemen trachoma elimination planning workshop

12 November 2014 – The WHO Regional Office is hosting a 3-day national trachoma elimination planning workshop for Yemen in Cairo from 11 to 13 November 2014. A 6-person team from Yemen...

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In March 2014, more than 9 and a half million Yemenis, comprising adults and children, were treated for both bilharzia and intestinal soil-transmitted parasitic worms in two separate 4-day campaigns,...

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In focus

Training in monitoring and epidemiological assessment of mass drug administration for eliminating lymphatic filariasis

This manual is designed to teach personnel of national programmes to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF), including regional and district health personnel, the essential elements of monitoring and evaluating national programmes...

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Interactive maps and graphs on the leishmaniasis status in the Region

Data on the leishmaniasis status for countries of the Eastern Mediterranean for the last 15 years are now also available as interactive maps and graphs in the WHO Regional Health Observatory. The data...

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The 14th meeting of the Regional Programme Review Group on Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination and other Preventive Chemotherapy Programmes was organized by the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean at...

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A meeting of the Regional Programme Review Group on lymphatic filariasis elimination and other preventive chemotherapy programmes was organized by the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region in...

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Statistics and figures

Regional Health Observatory

Roster of experts

Welcome to the consultant roster for tropical diseases

The consultant roster provides WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean with an updated list of technical experts in fields related to WHO’s mandate on tropical diseases.