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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’.

Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed independently by the respective journal. Accepted articles will be published online on a continuous basis.

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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

  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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