Leishmaniasis: Middle East and North Africa research and development priorities

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dc.contributor.author McDowell, Mary Ann
dc.contributor.author Rafati, Sima
dc.contributor.author Ramalho-Ortigão, Marcelo
dc.contributor.author Salah, Afif Ben
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-05T15:15:09Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-05T15:15:09Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/12204
dc.description Citation: McDowell, M., . . . & Salah, A. (2011). Leishmaniasis: Middle East and North Africa Research and Development Priorities. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 5(7), e1219. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0001219
dc.description.abstract Leishmaniasis remains one of the world's most devastating neglected tropical diseases, causing substantial mortality and contributing to nearly 2 million disability-adjusted life years. The true global burden of leishmaniasis, however, is unknown. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is endemic for many forms of leishmanisis and has hosted many recent epidemic outbreaks. A research and policy conference, LEISHMANIA: Collaborative Research Opportunities in North Africa and the Middle East, was held in June 2009 in Tunisia to promote international collaboration between the United States (US) and the countries most affected by Old World leishmaniasis (see Table 1 for a list of participating countries). Supported by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and hosted locally by the Institute Pasteur de Tunis, approximately 100 scientists and administrators from the US and MENA countries met to share critical information and to identify the major obstacles for translating scientific breakthroughs into innovative strategies for reducing the burden of leishmaniasis. The participants identified three crucial areas as requiring reinforcement and growth: translation of laboratory discoveries into field-applications, increased research capacity in endemic countries, and the creation of a leishmaniasis reagent repository (Figure 1). Our hope is that these recommendations will be adopted by research, funding, and policy institutions alike to have a greater impact at controlling leishmaniasis throughout the world.
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0001219 en_US
dc.rights © 2011 McDowell et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/
dc.subject Leishmaniasis en_US
dc.subject Tropical diseases en_US
dc.subject Middle East en_US
dc.subject North Africa en_US
dc.subject Research en_US
dc.title Leishmaniasis: Middle East and North Africa research and development priorities en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.date.published 2011 en_US
dc.citation.doi 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001219 en_US
dc.citation.issn 1935-2727
dc.citation.issue 7 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases en_US
dc.citation.spage e1219
dc.citation.volume 5 en_US
dc.citation McDowell, M., . . . & Salah, A. (2011). Leishmaniasis: Middle East and North Africa Research and Development Priorities. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 5(7), e1219. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0001219
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