Publication / Source: Infectious Diseases Hub
Authors: Marie-Claire Gwayi-Chore, Arianna Rubin Means, & Judd Walson (University of Washington School of Public Health, WA, USA)
Over the past decade, the global community has seen increased momentum in controlling or interrupting the transmission of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The WHO Roadmap for Implementation and the 2012 London Declaration have both established targets of sustained control or elimination for 10 NTDs by 2020, including soil-transmitted helminths (STH) [1,2].
STH are among the most prevalent infectious diseases in humans and are associated with the largest disease burden of any of the NTDs, with approximately 1.5 billion individuals infected with at least one species globally . Chronic infection with these parasites can result in malnutrition and iron-deficiency anemia, leading to impaired physical and cognitive development in children and reduced productivity and income generation in adults .