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Title: Behavior and community Health Science : Review Article

Authors: Rahul Ingale

Topic: Clinical Research


Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), which primarily affect poor people in developing countries, are now being found among the poor in relatively affluent regions as well, particularly in parts of Eastern Europe with a history of war and conflict. To review the prevalence, incidence, and geographic distribution of the major neglected infections of poverty in Europe as a basis for future policy recommendations. The literature from 1999 to 2010 for neglected tropical diseases listed by PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases) and the geographic regions and countries of (continental) Europe was reviewed. Specifically, areas of conflict in Eastern Europe continue to suffer from the adverse health effects of poverty brought on by weakened economies and disenfranchised populations. People living in the Balkans and the former Soviet bloc countries are most vulnerable to being trapped in a cycle of poverty that is exacerbated by NTDs, particularly ethnic minority groups and immigrants. Among the policy recommendations are increased efforts to determine the prevalence, incidence, and geographic distribution of Europe’s neglected infections, epidemiological studies to understand the ecology and mechanisms of disease transmission, and research and development for new control tools.


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  • CHRISTINA HENRY PEREIRA (Viewer) 28th Jan 2015 - 12:03 PM
    Hello Rahul Ingale, your article is an eyeopener. Infectious diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis have so often been considered as a "problem for the third world" but now, the fire is much closer to home. It will be interesting to see the reaction from pharmaceutical R&D, who so far have focused on lifestyle diseases and oncology, which are considered more profit-making ventures due to the market for such drugs in the effluent parts of the world. You could probably add this perspective as well. Thank you for this informative review.
    • RAHUL TULSHIRAM INGALE (Author) 9th Feb 2015 - 6:01 PM
      Dear Christina and Mensah,

      Thank you for your comments. I did feel the same when I choose this topic. It is really eyeopener topic and is good for further research.

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  • SADAF TABASSUM (Viewer) 29th Jan 2015 - 5:34 PM
    Infectious diseases represent a rich and dynamic interplay between the vector , the host, and the pathogen. The interaction is complex and evolves within a social and cultural context as much as it does within a physical and biological context. Understanding this complex dynamic is crucial for the sustainable management of the NTDs.
    As a major recommendation there is a need to reconceptualise the outcomes for addressing the vulnerability of those who get NTDs, and the need to reconceptualise the ways in which the health needs of the neglected, poor, disenfranchised and dispossessed are managed. Recognizing that the challenges cannot be reduced to solutions that exist outside a real world context is a first step.

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  • PRANEETH KUMAR (Viewer) 3rd Feb 2015 - 2:32 PM
    Mr.rahul , iam very much impressed with your article.It will be intriguing to see the response from pharmaceutical R&d, who so far have concentrated on way of life infections and oncology, which are viewed as more benefit making wanders because of the business sector for such medications in the profluent parts of the world. You could presumably include this point of view also.
    As a real suggestion there is a need to reconceptualise the results for tending to the defenselessness of the individuals who get Ntds, and the need to reconceptualise the courses in which the wellbeing needs of the ignored, poor, disappointed and confiscated are overseen.
    • RAHUL TULSHIRAM INGALE (Author) 9th Feb 2015 - 6:04 PM
      Thank you all for your comments and sugesstions.
    • RAHUL TULSHIRAM INGALE (Author) 9th Feb 2015 - 6:04 PM
      Thank you all for your comments and sugesstions.

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  • Stephen joseph atta mensah (Viewer) 6th Feb 2015 - 5:04 AM
    Thanks Rahul for your article. The article explores the impact of economic status of European countries to the prevalence and effect of NTDs on the population. It recommends good and strong policies to deal with the challenges. Strong political will power in implementing the effective policies is needed. The article explores less on strategies being used to reduced and prevent the NTDs transmission in Endemic European countries.