Innovation on molluscicides development and application
Guest Edited by Henry Madson, David Rollinson, Nicholas Midzi and Xiao-Nong Zhou
An article collection published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty.
There are challenges and complicated factors involved in the interruption of transmission of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) which has been one of new indicators in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For instance, single approach by using preventive chemotherapy in the national schistosomiasis control programme will be difficult to end endemicity of schistosomiasis as one of SDGs indicator. Needs on developing better strategies to mitigate these challenges have been widely discussed for the global actions such as application of mollusciciding in the programmes to complement the elimination strategies of schistosomiasis, ensure proper molluscicides application in the field with a good molluscicidal efficacy, develop innovative snail control tools and molluscicides delivering tools, fill gaps in knowledge on mechanism of molluscicides effectiveness, molluscicidal screening strategies or methodologies and impact of management practices. Particularly, it is time for the community of global schistosomiasis elimination to discuss the cost-effectiveness of mollusciciding component in the elimination programme.
To trigger more research activities in the field of molluscicides development and application in the national control programme of neglected tropical diseases, we have published this thematic series in Infectious Diseases of Poverty.