AGEP Webinar „Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): public health approaches?“, Wednesday, 21 December 2016, 1:00 p.m. (CET/UTC+1)

Now it is time for the 8th AGEP webinar! It will take place this wednesday, 21st december 2016, at 1:00 pm (CET/UTC+1) on the topic "Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): public health approaches for control?". Dr. Olaf Horstick, Director of Teaching at the Institute of Public Health (IPH) of the University of Heidelberg, as a medical doctor and public health specialist, will offer this event.

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are common in poor societies of both "poor" and "rich" countries and affect world-wide the "bottom billion". Research on NTDs receives relatively low attention and is frequently biased towards high-tech tools. Wile waiting for their applicability and affordability in the context of the "bottom billion", however, the current disease load and human disaster caused by NTDs could already be alleviated substantially by applying available and existing tools, knowledge and strategies.The spectrum of NTDs is large and encompasses diseases for which tools are ready for use, mostly through mass drug administration and/or vector control and/or community based strategies, and other diseases difficult to treat and for which additional research - frequently laboratory-based - is needed.

The webinar will give relatively more weight to the former rather than the latter, since implementation of existing knowledge is a public health approach, ensuring access to care particularly for marginalised populations.The presenter hast worked for 25 years globally in Public Health, with a focus on NTDs, particularly dengue fever - also for several years in the World Health Organization's Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR). The Institute of Public Health (IPH) coordinates with WHO staff members a full course on NTDs 08 - 12.05.2017 (

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