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The SARS-CoV-2 crisis and its impact on neglected tropical diseases: Threat or opportunity?

Abstract
Introduction The current global priority is to protect people from attaining the COVID-19 infection and to attend to those infected, resulting in the disruption of other activities of the health sector, such as neglected tropical disease (NTD) control and elimination programs, which, across the globe, have postponed mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns. The impact of this disruption, combined with that of the pandemic, will ripple for years to come. This commentary reflects on how the current crisis modifies the future of the NTD sector focused on the five diseases treated through preventative chemotherapy (often called PC-NTDs): soil-transmitted helminths, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, and trachoma.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Chaumont C
Kamara K
Baring E
Palacio K
Power A
Lancaster W
Van Weyenbergh J
Year of Publication
2020
Journal
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Volume
14
Issue
9
Number of Pages
e0008680
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1935-2735
DOI
10.1371/journal.pntd.0008680
Publication Language
eng