Socio-economic aspects of neglected diseases: sleeping sickness and visceral leishmaniasis

M Boelaert, F Meheus, J Robays, P Lutumba

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    Several tropical diseases that are essentially poverty-related have recently gained more attention under the label of 'neglected tropical diseases' or NTD. It is estimated that over 1000 million people currently suffer from one or more NTD. Here, the socio-economic aspects of two NTD - human African trypanosomiasis and human visceral leishmaniasis - are reviewed. Both of these diseases affect the poorest of the poor in endemic countries, cause considerable direct and indirect costs (even though the national control programmes tend to provide free care) and push affected households deeper into poverty.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAnnals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology
    Issue number7
    Pages (from-to)535-542
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • B780-tropical-medicine
    • Protozoal diseases
    • Trypanosomiasis-African
    • Sleeping sickness
    • Trypanosoma brucei
    • Vectors
    • Tsetse flies
    • Visceral
    • Leishmaniasis
    • Kala azar
    • Sandflies
    • Phlebotomus argentipes
    • Disease burden
    • Socioeconomic aspects
    • Socioeconomic impact
    • Control
    • Poverty
    • Indirect costs
    • Expenditures
    • Review of the literature
    • Africa-General
    • India
    • Asia-South


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