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Elimination of infectious diseases of poverty as a key contribution to achieving the SDGs

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The recent convergence of crises, dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and conflicts have created a serious setback to the perspective for achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 2022 SDG Report (Sustainable Development Goals Report - United Nations Sustainable Development) details the reversal of years of progress, such as in eradicating poverty and hunger, improving health and education, and providing basic services. It highlights the severity and magnitude of the challenges before us and points out that urgent action is needed to rescue the SDGs and deliver meaningful progress towards 2030.

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted essential health services and halted two decades of work towards making health coverage universal. Yet, disease elimination efforts represent a vast public good, particularly multi-disease elimination by integrated interventions as conceived in WHO’s first roadmap to overcome the impact of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) - 15180 OMS_Merge_1-001 ( The new 2021-2030 NTD roadmap stresses further acceleration of programmatic action to reach ambitious elimination targets, associated with mainstreaming integrated delivery platforms within national health systems and intensifying cross-sectoral action to curtail the underlying social and environmental determinants of poverty-related diseases - Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals: A road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021–2030 (

Some regional initiatives such the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) disease elimination initiative go even further by aiming to eliminate – by integrated action at all levels - more than 30 communicable diseases and related conditions in the Americas by 2030 - Disease Elimination Initiative: Towards Healthier Generations - PAHO/WHO | Pan American Health Organization. This is expected to generate a widespread and profound public health impact and accelerate progress towards achieving the SDGs and overcoming inequities.

This cross journal series aims to demonstrate the validity of communicable disease elimination as a key contributor to achieving Universal Health Coverage and the SDGs. It therefore welcomes articles that provide evidence of its wide impact on public health and beyond, on addressing inequities, on the cost-effectiveness of integrated implementation and resulting efficiency gains, underscoring its value as a global good.

The following journals are accepting submissions to the series:

Manuscripts should be formatted according to the individual journals instructions for authors and submitted via the online submission system. Please indicate clearly in the title page that the manuscript is to be considered for the thematic series ‘Elimination of infectious diseases of poverty as a key contribution to achieving the SDGs’.

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Published articles in this Collection

  1. The emergence of pyrethroid resistance has threatened the elimination of Triatoma infestans from the Gran Chaco ecoregion. We investigated the status and spatial distribution of house infestation with T. infestan...

    Authors: María Carla Cecere, María Sol Gaspe, Natalia Paula Macchiaverna, Gustavo Fabián Enriquez, Alejandra Alvedro, Mariano Alberto Laiño, Julián Antonio Alvarado-Otegui, Marta Victoria Cardinal and Ricardo Esteban Gürtler
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2024 17:287
  2. The rise in epidemic-prone diseases daily poses a serious concern globally. Evidence suggests that many of these diseases are of animal origin and contribute to economic loss. Considering the limited time and ...

    Authors: Sandul Yasobant, Priya Bhavsar, K. Shruti Lekha, Shailee Patil, Timo Falkenberg, Walter Bruchhausen and Deepak Saxena
    Citation: Global Health Research and Policy 2024 9:20
  3. Lao PDR has made significant progress in malaria control. The National Strategic Plans outline ambitious targets, aiming for the elimination of Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax malaria from all northern provinc...

    Authors: Chawarat Rotejanaprasert, Vilayvone Malaphone, Mayfong Mayxay, Keobouphaphone Chindavongsa, Virasack Banouvong, Boualam Khamlome, Phoutnalong Vilay, Viengxay Vanisavaeth and Richard J Maude
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2024 13:35

    The Correction to this article has been published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2024 13:42

  4. “Regeneration time” (RT) denotes the time required to obtain a stable mortality rate for mosquitoes exposed to insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) after three consecutive washes of a net in a day. The RT informs t...

    Authors: Aidi Galus Lugenge, Olukayode G. Odufuwa, Jilly Jackson Mseti, Johnson Kyeba Swai, Ole Skovmand and Sarah Jane Moore
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2024 17:235
  5. The aim of this study was to determine performance indicators of thick blood smears of 50 µl (TBS-50), following the Standards for the Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies–Bayesian Latent Class Model (STAR...

    Authors: Noé Patrick M’Bondoukwé, Matthieu Owono-Medang, Marie Noëlle Moussavou-Boussougou, Yvan Akoue, Valentin Migueba, Dmitry Bulaev, Anouk Neven, Luice Aurtin Joel James, Sylvie Alberte Ntsame Ella, Denise Patricia Mawili-Mboumba, Julienne Atsame, Michel Vaillant and Marielle Karine Bouyou Akotet
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2024 17:138
  6. We look at the link between climate change and vector-borne diseases in low- and middle-income countries in Africa. The large endemicity and escalating threat of diseases such as malaria and arboviral diseases...

    Authors: Judicaël Obame-Nkoghe, Adjoavi Esse Agossou, Gerald Mboowa, Basile Kamgang, Cyril Caminade, Dawn C. Duke, Andrew Karanja Githeko, Obed M. Ogega, Nestor Engone Elloué, Fatou Bintou Sarr, Dieudonné Nkoghe, Pierre Kengne, Nicaise T. Ndam, Christophe Paupy, Moses Bockarie and Patricks Voua Otomo
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2024 13:26
  7. Indoor residual spraying (IRS) was first implemented in the Atacora department, Benin from 2011 to 2012 using bendiocarb (carbamate) followed by annual spraying with pirimiphos-methyl (organophosphate) from 20...

    Authors: Esdras Mahoutin Odjo, Daniel Impoinvil, Arsène Jacques Y. H. Fassinou, Gil Germain Padonou, Rock Aïkpon, Albert Sourou Salako, André Aimé Sominahouin, Constantin Adoha, Boulais Yovogan, Razaki Osse, Olivier Oussou, Filémon Tokponnon, Virgile Gnanguénon, Ahmed Saadani Hassani and Martin C. Akogbeto
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2024 17:115
  8. In light of the global prevalence of a highly contagious respiratory disease, this study presents a novel approach to address the pressing and unanticipated issues by introducing a modified vaccination and loc...

    Authors: Mohammad Sharif Ullah, Md. Kamrujjaman and K. M. Ariful Kabir
    Citation: Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition 2024 43:32
  9. Tuberculosis is one of the most significant infectious diseases for global public health. The reallocation of healthcare resources and the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic have hindered access to ...

    Authors: Reginaldo Bazon Vaz Tavares, Thaís Zamboni Berra, Yan Mathias Alves, Marcela Antunes Paschoal Popolin, Antônio Carlos Vieira Ramos, Ariela Fehr Tártaro, Clara Ferreira de Souza and Ricardo Alexandre Arcêncio
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2024 13:17
  10. Chagas disease is a neglected tropical disease (NTD). Cost-effective strategies for large-scale implementation of diagnosis and etiological treatment are urgently needed to comply with NTD control goals. We de...

    Authors: Natalia P. Macchiaverna, Gustavo F. Enriquez, M Sol Gaspe, Lucía I. Rodríguez-Planes, Patricia R. Martinez, Ricardo E. Gürtler and M Victoria Cardinal
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2024 17:41
  11. Plasmodium vivax malaria, with the widest geographic distribution, can cause severe disease and death. Primaquine is the main licensed antimalarial drug that can kill hypnozoites. The dose-dependent acute haemoly...

    Authors: Hui Liu, Jian-Wei Xu, Dao-Wei Deng, Bi Yaw, Hkawn Shawng Nbwi, Chun Wei, Xing-Wu Zhou and Jian-Xiong Li
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2024 17:28
  12. Malaria remains a major public health problem in the Republic of Congo, with Plasmodium falciparum being the deadliest species of Plasmodium in humans. Vector transmission of malaria is poorly studied in the coun...

    Authors: Jacques Dollon Mbama Ntabi, Abel Lissom, Jean Claude Djontu, Francis N. Nkemngo, Steve Diafouka-Kietela, Jolivet Mayela, Georges Missontsa, Luc Djogbenou, Cyrille Ndo, Charles Wondji, Ayola Akim Adegnika, Arsène Lenga, Steffen Borrmann and Francine Ntoumi
    Citation: Malaria Journal 2024 23:21
  13. The recent 78th United Natiions General Assembly (UNGA) declaration relaunched a new health priority and political commitment in accelerating Universal Health Coverage (UHC), adopted by the United Nations (UN)...

    Authors: Ernest Tambo, Chidiebere E. Ugwu, Amberbir Alemayehu, Anil Krishna and Agnes Binagwaho
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2024 13:1
  14. Scabies has been added to the neglected tropical diseases portfolio for large-scale disease control action since 2017 and is part of the WHO roadmap for NTDs 2021–2030, targeted at ending the neglect to achiev...

    Authors: Agernesh Ayele, Metadel Adane, Balew Adane, Gete Berihun, Mesfin Gebrehiwot, Lebasie Woretaw, Leykun Berhanu, Getu Atanaw, Hailemariam Feleke, Mekonnen Moges, Eniyew Tegegne, Jember Azanaw and Asmamaw Malede
    Citation: Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition 2023 42:134
  15. Chronic lymphatic filariasis patients in Bihar, India, need management of lymphedema to live a disability-free life. For patients who have recurrent attacks of acute dermato-lymphangio-adenitis (ADLA), World H...

    Authors: Pragya Kumar, Shamshad Ahmad, Ditipriya Bhar, Ria Roy and Bhavna Singh
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2023 16:429
  16. Poverty contributes to the transmission of schistosomiasis via multiple pathways, with the insufficiency of appropriate interventions being a crucial factor. The aim of this article is to provide more economic...

    Authors: Qin Li, Jin-Xin Zheng, Tie-Wu Jia, Xin-Yu Feng, Chao Lv, Li-Juan Zhang, Guo-Jing Yang, Jing Xu and Xiao-Nong Zhou
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2023 16:419
  17. The overlap in the epidemiology of malaria and helminths has been identified as a potential area to exploit for the development of an integrated control strategy that may help to achieve elimination of malaria...

    Authors: Muhammed O. Afolabi, Doudou Sow, Schadrac C. Agbla, El Hadji Babacar Fall, Fatimata Bintou Sall, Amadou Seck, Isaac Akhénaton Manga, Ibrahima Marietou Mbaye, Mor Absa Loum, Baba Camara, Diatou Niang, Babacar Gueye, Doudou Sene, Ndéye M’backé Kane, Boubacar Diop, Awa Diouf…
    Citation: Malaria Journal 2023 22:348
  18. In Bangladesh, undernutrition and anemia are more occurrent among adolescent girls. BRAC, the largest non-governmental organization (NGO), has been implementing a community-based nutrition education service pa...

    Authors: Saira Parveen Jolly, Tridib Roy Chowdhury, Tanbi Tanaya Sarker and Kaosar Afsana
    Citation: Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition 2023 42:127

    The Correction to this article has been published in Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition 2024 43:99

  19. Malaria transmission in Africa is facilitated by multiple species of Anopheles mosquitoes. These vectors have different behaviors and vectorial capacities and are affected differently by vector control interventi...

    Authors: Betwel J. Msugupakulya, Naomi H. Urio, Mohammed Jumanne, Halfan S. Ngowo, Prashanth Selvaraj, Fredros O. Okumu and Anne L. Wilson
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2023 16:408
  20. Malaria is endemic and represents an important public health issue in Brazil. Knowledge of risk factors for disease progression represents an important step in preventing and controlling malaria-related compli...

    Authors: Angie R. López, Ezequias B. Martins, Anielle de Pina-Costa, Ana Beatriz Pacheco-Silva, Marcel T. Ferreira, Roxana F. Mamani, Paula J. T. Detepo, Otilia Lupi, Clarisse S. Bressan, Guilherme A. Calvet, Michele F. B. Silva, Maria de Fátima Ferreira-da-Cruz, Fernanda de Bruycker-Nogueira, Ana Maria B. Filippis, Cláudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro, André Siqueira…
    Citation: Malaria Journal 2023 22:303
  21. Malaria and dengue fever are the leading causes of acute, undifferentiated febrile illness. In Africa, misdiagnosis of dengue fever as malaria is a common scenario. Through a systematic review of the published...

    Authors: Tewelde T. Gebremariam, Henk D. F. H. Schallig, Zeleke M. Kurmane and Jonas B. Danquah
    Citation: Malaria Journal 2023 22:300

    The Correction to this article has been published in Malaria Journal 2023 22:331

  22. Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PDd) is an X-linked disorder affecting over 400 million people worldwide. Individuals with molecular variants associated with reduced enzymatic activity are susc...

    Authors: Sebastián Atarihuana, Jennifer Gallardo-Condor, Andrés López-Cortés, Karina Jimenes-Vargas, Germán Burgos, Ana Karina-Zambrano, Rodrigo Flores-Espinoza, Marco Coral and Alejandro Cabrera-Andrade
    Citation: Malaria Journal 2023 22:283
  23. Detection of parasite-specific IgG in urine is a sensitive method for diagnosis of strongyloidiasis and gives similar accuracy to serum IgG. However, there are no data concerning detection of IgG subclass in u...

    Authors: Phattharaphon Wongphutorn, Chanika Worasith, Kulthida Y. Kopolrat, Chutima Homwong, Jiraporn Sithithaworn, Chatanun Eamudomkarn, Anchalee Techasen, Patcharaporn Tippayawat, Opal Pitaksakurat, Nuttanan Hongsrichan, Thomas Crellen and Paiboon Sithithaworn
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2023 16:298
  24. Indonesia is home to many species of non-human primates (NHPs). Deforestation, which is still ongoing in Indonesia, has substantially reduced the habitat of NHPs in the republic. This has led to an intensifica...

    Authors: Dendi Hadi Permana, Hasmiwati, Dwi Anita Suryandari, Ismail Ekoprayitno Rozi, Lepa Syahrani, Wuryantari Setiadi, Nuzulia Irawati, Rizaldi, Suradi Wangsamuda, Yenni Yusuf, Irdayanti, Hijral Aswad, Puji Budi Setia Asih and Din Syafruddin
    Citation: Parasites & Vectors 2023 16:267
  25. Children under five are the vulnerable population most at risk of being infected with Plasmodium parasites, especially in the Sahel region. Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) recommended by World Health Organ...

    Authors: Ming Xu, Yun-Xuan Hu, Shen-Ning Lu, Muhammad Abdullahi Idris, Shu-Duo Zhou, Jian Yang, Xiang-Ning Feng, Yang-Mu Huang, Xian Xu, Ying Chen and Duo-Quan Wang
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2023 12:63