Evidence to implementation continuum for universal health coverage

Title Evidence to implementation continuum for universal health coverage
Year 2015
Author C. Lahariya and N. Menabde
DOI 10.1016/S1473-3099(14)71090-4
URL http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(14)71090-4/abstract
Journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases
Document Type Journal Article
Document Availability Full Text
Classification Other complementary UHC initiatives
Abstract Globally, more than 1 billion people are estimated to be infected with soil-transmitted helminthiasis, of whom 300 million end up with severe disabilities. Despite the availability of one-dose preventive chemotherapy as global practice to control soil-transmitted helminthiasis, the national prevalence of such infections in 2010 was in the range of 20–50%, and most of the burden was in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. A key challenge to the control and elimination of these diseases is a shortage of broad-spectrum preventive chemotherapies, which is compounded by the low prioritisation of research for new therapeutics for neglected diseases; so much so that, until 2011, only 1% of all therapeutic products developed were for neglected diseases, even though the burden due to these diseases is much higher.


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