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Surveillance and Response to Infectious Diseases of Poverty

Edited by: Prof Marcel Tanner, Prof. Xiao-Nong Zhou

Establishment of surveillance and response system is the final step of disease control in a national elimination programme, it has been applied for infectious disease, especially in neglected tropical diseases, in increasing numbers of developing countries, based on the innovative and effective One world-One health perspective. Six different research priorities are recommended, including (i)Dynamic mapping of transmission; (ii) Capture of population dynamics; (iii) Modeling based on a minimal and essential database approach; (iv) Implementation of mobile-health (m-health) and sensitive diagnostics; (v) Design of response packages tailored to different transmission settings and levels; and (vi) Validation of approaches and responses, as a result of The First Forum on Surveillance Response System Leading to Tropical Diseases Elimination, held in Shanghai in June 2012.

Therefore, the purpose of the collection is to focus on the research progress for the basic components as well as innovative approaches of the surveillance-response system, and trig more researcher or decision makers to improve the surveillance-response system in the recourses limited settings or in the transition stage from control to elimination of specific diseases in the poor countries, which carry the heaviest disease burdens, face various challenges how to strengthen the health system as well as developing effective and novel tools for surveillance and response tailored to local settings.

  1. Commentary

    Surveillance and response systems for elimination of tropical diseases: summary of a thematic series in Infectious Diseases of Poverty

    The peer-reviewed journal Infectious Diseases of Poverty provides a new platform to engage with, and disseminate in an open-access format, science outside traditional disciplinary boundaries. The current piece re...

    Xia Zhou, Peiling Yap, Marcel Tanner, Robert Bergquist, Jürg Utzinger and Xiao-Nong Zhou

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2016 5:49

    Published on: 14 May 2016

  2. Scoping Review

    Surveillance-response systems: the key to elimination of tropical diseases

    Tropical diseases remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. Although combined health efforts brought about significant improvements over the past 20 years, communities in resourc...

    Ernest Tambo, Lin Ai, Xia Zhou, Jun-Hu Chen, Wei Hu, Robert Bergquist, Jia-Gang Guo, Jürg Utzinger, Marcel Tanner and Xiao-Nong Zhou

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2014 3:17

    Published on: 27 May 2014

  3. Research Article

    Immuno-haematologic and virologic responses and predictors of virologic failure in HIV-1 infected adults on first-line antiretroviral therapy in Cameroon

    Contemporary data on the immunologic, haematologic and virologic responses and predictors of virologic failure after initiation of free antiretroviral treatment in Cameroon are needed to evaluate the current t...

    Henry D Meriki, Kukwah A Tufon, Mbunkah H Afegenwi, Bernard A Nyindem, Pascal N Atanga, Damian N Anong, Fidelis Cho-Ngwa and Theresa Nkuo-Akenji

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2014 3:5

    Published on: 30 January 2014

  4. Research Article

    Chinese social media reaction to the MERS-CoV and avian influenza A(H7N9) outbreaks

    As internet and social media use have skyrocketed, epidemiologists have begun to use online data such as Google query data and Twitter trends to track the activity levels of influenza and other infectious dise...

    Isaac Chun-Hai Fung, King-Wa Fu, Yuchen Ying, Braydon Schaible, Yi Hao, Chung-Hong Chan and Zion Tsz-Ho Tse

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:31

    Published on: 20 December 2013

  5. Research Article

    Assessing resources for implementing a community directed intervention (CDI) strategy in delivering multiple health interventions in urban poor communities in Southwestern Nigeria: a qualitative study

    Many simple, affordable and effective disease control measures have had limited impact due to poor access especially by the poorer populations (urban and rural) and inadequate community participation. A proven...

    Ikeoluwapo O Ajayi, Ayodele S Jegede, Catherine O Falade and Johannes Sommerfeld

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:25

    Published on: 24 October 2013

  6. Scoping Review

    Challenges and needs for China to eliminate rabies

    In China, rabies is a significant public health concern where dogs remain the main reservoir of disease transmission to humans; rabies-related mortality ranks second in the world.

    Wenwu Yin, Jie Dong, Changchun Tu, John Edwards, Fusheng Guo, Hang Zhou, Hongjie Yu and Sirenda Vong

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:23

    Published on: 2 October 2013

  7. Commentary

    Towards a science of rabies elimination

    Wenwu Yin and co-workers conducted a systematic review on challenges and needs to eliminate rabies in China (Yin et al., 2013 in this journal). Their analysis shows that there is considerable overrepresentatio...

    Jakob Zinsstag

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:22

    Published on: 2 October 2013

  8. Research Article

    Household catastrophic payments for tuberculosis care in Nigeria: incidence, determinants, and policy implications for universal health coverage

    Studies on costs incurred by patients for tuberculosis (TB) care are limited as these costs are reported as averages, and the economic impact of the costs is estimated based on average patient/household income...

    Kingsley Nnanna Ukwaja, Isaac Alobu, Seye Abimbola and Philip Christy Hopewell

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:21

    Published on: 17 September 2013

  9. Letter to the Editor

    Research priorities in modeling the transmission risks of H7N9 bird flu

    The epidemic of H7N9 bird flu in eastern China in early 2013 has caused much attention from researchers as well as public health workers. The issue on modeling the transmission risks is very interesting topic....

    Viroj Wiwanitkit, Benyun Shi, Shang Xia, Guo-Jing Yang, Xiao-Nong Zhou and Jiming Liu

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:17

    Published on: 8 August 2013

  10. Scoping Review

    A review of tuberculosis at the wildlife-livestock-human interface in Zambia

    Zambia’s estimated incidence of all forms of human tuberculosis (TB) is 707/100,000. High prevalence of bovine tuberculosis (BTB) – infection with Mycobacterium bovis – in cattle and the Kafue lechwe antelopes (K...

    Sydney Malama, John Bwalya Muma and Jacques Godfroid

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:13

    Published on: 9 July 2013

  11. Research Article

    Using no-cost mobile phone reminders to improve attendance for HIV test results: a pilot study in rural Swaziland

    Mobile technology has great potential to improve adherence and treatment outcomes in healthcare settings. However, text messaging and phone calls are unaffordable in many resource-limited areas. This study inv...

    Merav Kliner, Abigail Knight, Canaan Mamvura, John Wright and John Walley

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:12

    Published on: 14 June 2013

  12. Research Article

    Inferring the potential risks of H7N9 infection by spatiotemporally characterizing bird migration and poultry distribution in eastern China

    In view of the rapid geographic spread and the increasing number of confirmed cases of novel influenza A(H7N9) virus infections in eastern China, we developed a diffusion model to spatiotemporally characterize...

    Benyun Shi, Shang Xia, Guo-Jing Yang, Xiao-Nong Zhou and Jiming Liu

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:8

    Published on: 3 May 2013

  13. Research Article

    In vitro gene silencing of independent phosphoglycerate mutase (iPGM) in the filarial parasite Brugia malayi

    The phosphoglycerate mutase (PGM) enzyme catalyzes the interconversion of 2- and 3-phosphoglycerate in the glycolytic /gluconeogenic pathways that are present in the majority of cellular organisms. They can be...

    Prashant Kumar Singh, Susheela Kushwaha, Shahab Mohd, Manisha Pathak and Shailja Misra-Bhattacharya

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:5

    Published on: 25 March 2013

  14. Opinion

    Time to tackle clonorchiasis in China

    Recent publication of the global epidemiology of clonorchiasis and its relationship with cholangiocarcinoma in the journal of Infectious Diseases of Poverty has stressed the importance of Clonorchis sinensis infe...

    Men-Bao Qian, Ying-Dan Chen and Fei Yan

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:4

    Published on: 19 February 2013

  15. Research Article

    On the exoneration of Dr. William H. Stewart: debunking an urban legend

    It is one of the most infamous quotes in the history of biomedicine: “It is time to close the book on infectious diseases, and declare the war against pestilence won.” Long attributed to the United States Surg...

    Brad Spellberg and Bonnie Taylor-Blake

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:3

    Published on: 18 February 2013

  16. Scoping Review

    Epidemiology and interactions of Human Immunodeficiency Virus – 1 and Schistosoma mansoni in sub-Saharan Africa

    Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1/AIDS and Schistosoma mansoni are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa and co-infection occurs commonly. Since the early 1990s, it has been suggested that the two infections may interact...

    Humphrey D Mazigo, Fred Nuwaha, Shona Wilson, Safari M Kinung'hi, Domenica Morona, Rebecca Waihenya, Jorg Heukelbach and David W Dunne

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:2

    Published on: 24 January 2013

  17. Editorial

    Elimination of tropical disease through surveillance and response

    Surveillance and response represent the final crucial steps in achieving effective control and particularly elimination of communicable diseases as recognized in the area of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs),...

    Xiao-Nong Zhou, Robert Bergquist and Marcel Tanner

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2013 2:1

    Published on: 3 January 2013

  18. Research Article

    Assessing the impact of TB/HIV services integration on TB treatment outcomes and their relevance in TB/HIV monitoring in Ghana

    The impact of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) on tuberculosis (TB), and the implications for TB and HIV control, is a public health challenge in Ghana – almost a quarter (23%) of all TB cases were HIV p...

    Gloria Akosua Ansa, John D Walley, Kamran Siddiqi and Xiaolin Wei

    Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2012 1:13

    Published on: 24 December 2012