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Health Systems Research for Infectious Diseases of Poverty

Edited by: Prof. Xiao-Nong Zhou

Financing is a major element of universal health coverage, and we see other health system elements are equally critical, which include human resources, service delivery sites, medical supplies and equipment. We, hereby, put the theme of the inaugural issue of Infectious Diseases of Poverty as "Health Systems Research for Infectious Diseases of Poverty", in cope with the 2nd Global Symposium on Health System Research held in Beijing during 31 October to 3 November. Health policy is currently being framed in terms of achieving universal health coverage. The main purpose of the collection is to review the recent progress on the roles of the health systems in combating the infectious diseases of poverty so that call for more researches on health systems. Twelve articles were selected in the purpose of discussing treatment strategies, disease surveillance and interventions, and innovative programmes which provide a link between policy level and academic research.

We will continue to publish more thematic issues covering topics as social development, pricing and manufacturing of pharmaceuticals related to infectious diseases of poverty, etc.

  1. Malaria transmission can be affected by multiple or even hidden factors, making it difficult to timely and accurately predict the impact of elimination and eradication programs that have been undertaken and th...

    Authors: Jiming Liu, Bo Yang, William K Cheung and Guojing Yang
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012 1:11
  2. Trachoma is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa and is mainly associated with poor water accessibility. However, these associations have never been demonstrated in some of the communities, especially in n...

    Authors: Michael J Mahande, Humphrey D Mazigo and Eliningaya J Kweka
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012 1:10
  3. Financial issues are major barriers for rural-to-urban migrants accessing tuberculosis (TB) care in China. This paper discusses the effectiveness of providing financial incentives to migrant TB patients (with ...

    Authors: Xiaolin Wei, Guanyang Zou, Jia Yin, John Walley, Huaixia Yang, Merav Kliner and Jian Mei
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012 1:9
  4. Over the last sixty years advances have been made in the control of schistosomiasis in P.R. China. There are, however, difficult challenges still to be met. This paper looks at the extent to which the health s...

    Authors: Charles Collins, Jing Xu and Shenglan Tang
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012 1:8
  5. This review aims at providing synthetic information with scientific evidence on the trends in the malaria events from 1960 to 2011, with the hope that it will help policy makers to take informed decisions on p...

    Authors: Ernest Tambo, Ahmed Adebowale Adedeji, Fang Huang, Jun-Hu Chen, Shui-Sen Zhou and Ling-Hua Tang
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012 1:7
  6. Public health programmes recommend timely medical treatment for Buruli ulcer (BU) infection to prevent pre-ulcer conditions from progressing to ulcers, to minimise surgery, disabilities and the socio-economic ...

    Authors: Mercy M Ackumey, Margaret Gyapong, Matilda Pappoe, Cynthia Kwakye Maclean and Mitchell G Weiss
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012 1:6
  7. This paper reviews the epidemiological status and characteristics of clonorchiasis at global level and the etiological relationship between Clonorchis sinensis infection and cholangiocarcinoma (CCA). A conservati...

    Authors: Men-Bao Qian, Ying-Dan Chen, Song Liang, Guo-Jing Yang and Xiao-Nong Zhou
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012 1:4
  8. Infectious diseases of poverty, a collective term coined for infections known to be particularly prevalent amongst poor populations, is increasingly used for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) with special tra...

    Authors: Xiao-Nong Zhou
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012 1:1