PS2-2 : Are Neglected Tropical Diseases Affected by Ehealth?

Background:

Neglected tropical diseases are a group of various diseases affecting low-income populations in the tropics. They are caused by various pathogens (viruses, bacteria, parasites). WHO estimates that one billion people are affected by these pathologies.

WHO identifies 17 neglected tropical diseases. 3 neglected tropical conditions are added to this list (Mycetoma, chromoblastomycosis and other deep mycoses, scabies and other ectoparasites and snakebite envenoming)

These diseases are not receiving the necessary attention and access to diagnosis and treatment is still too limited.

Neglected tropical diseases facing many obstacles

  • They are little known to the public
  • Diagnosed cases are poorly recorded in the health data system
  • Caregivers are poorly trained to deal with these conditions.
  • Diagnostic tools are poorly developed and difficult to implement in a resource-limited environment.
  • There are still effective and accessible treatments.

Digital tools could represent an opportunity. Use of smartphones to disseminate information or to register patients. Use of telemedicine, Citizen collection of information on snake bites, development of diagnostic tools ... Examples are beginning to develop and promising experiments are taking shape.

 

Objectives:

Highlight innovative experiences in the use of digital tools in the management of neglected tropical diseases.

 

Speakers:

Chappuis Francois

ChairmanHUGSwitzerland
Lester Darryl Genevieve

Participatory approaches and open data on venomous snakes: A neglected opportunity in the global snakebite crisis?Institute of Global HealthSwitzerland
Marinucci Francesco
From polyvalent platform sharing to universal health coverage: Is hepatitis C the game changer?FINDSwitzerland
Ngolo Digas
Microscopy imaging enables validation of diagnosis for clinical trialsDNDiRDC
Planat-Chrétien AnneAssessment of the viability of Onchocerca sp. adult worms with Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy CEA-LETIFrance

 

Links:

PS : Parallel session PS-2 : Health care