Asian Neglected Tropical Disease Conference (NTDASIA)

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) affect over 1 billion people, and cause 170,000 deaths a year in poor and vulnerable populations mainly in tropical countries. WHO has updated a list of NTDs to 20 diseases (2017), seven of which are caused by helminths namely soil-transmitted helminthiases (STH), schistosomiasis, foodborne trematodiases, lymphatic filariasis, taeniasis/cysticercosis, guinea-worm diseases and onchocerciasis. The first five helminths in the list plus other parasites are still endemic in eastern Asian countries, especially the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN constitutes an economic powerhouse, yet these countries also harbor a mostly hidden burden of poverty and NTDs. Almost 200 million people live in extreme poverty, mostly in the low or lower middle-income countries of Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Viet Nam, and Cambodia, and many are affected by at least one NTD. However, NTDs are also prevalent among upper middle-income ASEAN countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, especially among the indigenous populations. The three major intestinal helminth infections are the most common NTDs; each helminthiasis is associated with approximately 100 million infections in the region. In addition, more than 10 million people suffer from either liver or intestinal fluke infections, as well as schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis. However, these Asian helminthic diseases are neglected by WHO, donors, researchers or even local governments which rank the diseases as low priorities in terms of control activities/budgets compared to other emerging or non-communicable diseases. Our Asian Neglected Tropical Diseases Network (NTDASIANET), a group of researchers and practitioners in Asia and experts outside, has been committed to study the biology, disease pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, transmission, and control of the Asian NTDs for decades. Our milestone is to improve our understanding of these critically important public health NTDs and provide effective research-based NTD control and elimination.

The main platform for communication and collaboration among members, apart from research, is an annual meeting to update scientific advances in NTD research named Asian Neglected Tropical Disease Conference (NTDASIA). There were 4 NTDASIA conferences over the past years, the latest, NTDASIA2018, was held back to back with ICOPA2018 in Daegu, Korea. This time, NTDASIA2019 will be held at the home city of Khon Kaen, Thailand during 7-9 August 2019.

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Address: Tropical Diseases Research Centre
Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Phone Number : +66-43-363113, Fax : +66-43-202853

Email Address: ntdasia2019@gmail.com

Website : www.ntdasia.org

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