Neglected Tropical Diseases


After this unit, students should be able to:
1. To know the concept of Neglected tropical diseases, health programs and global initiatives.
2. To define the concepts of control, elimination and eradication.
3. Name intervention strategies for disease control.
4. To know the agents of the diseases and their life cycle, vectors, epidemiology, clinic and treatment.
5. To discuss challenges to the different control strategies.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Cláudia Conceição


Weekly - 3

Total - 22

Teaching language



Attendance of 2/3 of classes is mandatory


Bibliography and websites are renewed annually on Moodle.
• WHO. Integrating neglected tropical diseases into global health and development. Geneva: WHO, 2017.
• WHO. Report of the Twelfth Meeting of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases. Geneva: WHO, 2019.
• David H Molyneux, Lorenzo Savioli, Dirk Engels. Neglected tropical diseases: progress towards addressing the chronic pandemic. The Lancet 2017; 389: 312-325.
• WHO’ website on Neglected tropical diseases:
• UN’ website on Sustainable Development Goals:

Teaching method

Theoretical and theory/practical classes, in which the concepts to be communicated will be done with the support of PowerPoint presentations.

Evaluation method

Students, with at least 2/3 of attendance, will be evaluated based on a written work with two components. One of the components is face-to-face with a maximum duration of one hour.

Subject matter

I. Introduction
Health systems: concept, objectives, building blocks.
Plans and health programs: concept, articulation / integration with health systems.
Global health initiatives: concept and examples.
II. Neglected tropical diseases.
Characteristics of Neglected tropical diseases.
Concept of control, elimination and eradication.
Key interventions.
Water , sanitation and hygiene; health education.
III. A number of Neglected tropical diseases: Life cycles, vectors, epidemiology, clinic and treatment.
Lymphatic filariasis; Onchocerciasis; Dracunculiasis; Schistosomiasis; foodborne trematodiases; Cysticercosis; Echinococcosis; Rabies; Chagas disease; Trachoma.


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