Regional action plan for neglected tropical diseases in the Western Pacific Region (2012-2016)
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have significant negative impact on health and economies throughout the Western Pacific Region. Approximately 100 million people in the Region are at risk of infection from at least one of NTD. Although countries and areas in the Region have made remarkable progress in the control and elimination of NTDs, there is a vital need to consolidate these successes and further reduce the burden of disease. Many NTDs such as lymphatic filariasis (LF), blinding trachoma, leprosy, schistosomiasis and yaws can be eliminated from the Region in the next 10 years. Others, such as soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) and foodborne trematodiases, rely on interventions to control morbidity while longer-term intersectoral measures to control transmission are scaled up.