The Pan American Health Organization’s role and perspectives on the mapping and modeling of the neglected tropical diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean: an overview

  • Steven K. Ault | aultstev@paho.org Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, 525 23rd Street NW, Washington DC, United States.
  • Ruben Santiago Nicholls Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, 525 23rd Street NW, Washington DC, United States.
  • Martha IdaIí Saboya Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, 525 23rd Street NW, Washington DC, United States.

Abstract

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which functions as the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization, is committed to provide technical cooperation to countries to update the epidemiological information available for mapping and modelling of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a set of diseases mainly caused by parasites affecting people living in low socioeconomic and favourable environmental conditions. This communication discusses PAHO’s role and perspectives in the use of mapping and modelling of these diseases with a view to promote its use in the development and implementation of integrated, inter-programmatic and inter-sectoral plans for the prevention, control or elimination of the NTDs and other infectious diseases related to poverty.

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2012-09-01
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Keywords:
neglected tropical diseases, poverty, Pan American Health Organization, geospatial modelling, Latin America.
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Ault, S. K., Nicholls, R. S., & Saboya, M. I. (2012). The Pan American Health Organization’s role and perspectives on the mapping and modeling of the neglected tropical diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean: an overview. Geospatial Health, 6(3), S7-S9. https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2012.116