July 29, 2020

72920The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a new document outlining considerations for mass treatment, case-finding, and population-based surveys for neglected tropical diseaess (NTDs) in the context of COVID-19.

WHO summarized the document purpose as:

This document provides a decision-making framework for implementation of mass treatment interventions, active case-finding campaigns and population-based surveys for NTDs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. A two-step approach is proposed: a risk–benefit assessment, to decide if the planned activity should proceed; and an examination of a list of precautionary measures that should be applied with the aim of decreasing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 associated with the activity, and strengthening the capacity of the health system to manage any residual risk.

Find the document and more information at the links below:

PDF: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/333499/WHO-2019-nCoV-neglected_tropical_diseases-2020.1-eng.pdf

Read more: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCoV-neglected-tropical-diseases-2020-1