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Integration of water, sanitation, and hygiene for the prevention and control of neglected tropical diseases : a rationale for inter-sectoral collaboration

Freeman, Matthew C. and Ogden, Stephanie and Jacobson, Julie and Abbott, Daniel and Addiss, David G. and Amnie, Asrat G. and Beckwith, Colin and Cairncross, Sandy and Callejas, Rafael and Colford, Jack M. and Emerson, Paul M. and Fenwick, Alan and Fishman, Rebecca and Gallo, Kerry and Grimes, Jack and Karapetyan, Gagik and Keene, Brooks and Lammie, Patrick J. and Macarthur, Chad and Lochery, Peter and Petach, Helen and Platt, Jennifer and Prabasi, Sarina and Rosenboom, Jan Willem and Roy, Sharon and Saywell, Darren and Schechtman, Lisa and Tantri, Anupama and Velleman, Yael and Utzinger, Jürg. (2013) Integration of water, sanitation, and hygiene for the prevention and control of neglected tropical diseases : a rationale for inter-sectoral collaboration. PLoS neglected tropical diseases, Vol. 7, H. 9 , e2439.

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Abstract

Improvements of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and appropriate health-seeking behavior are necessary for achieving sustained control, elimination, or eradication of many neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Indeed, the global strategies to fight NTDs include provision of WASH, but few programs have specific WASH targets and approaches. Collaboration between disease control programs and stakeholders in WASH is a critical next step. A group of stakeholders from the NTD control, child health, and WASH sectors convened in late 2012 to discuss opportunities for, and barriers to, collaboration. The group agreed on a common vision, namely "Disease-free communities that have adequate and equitable access to water and sanitation, and that practice good hygiene." Four key areas of collaboration were identified, including (i) advocacy, policy, and communication; (ii) capacity building and training; (iii) mapping, data collection, and monitoring; and (iv) research. We discuss strategic opportunities and ways forward for enhanced collaboration between the WASH and the NTD sectors.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Eco System Health Sciences > Health Impact Assessment (Utzinger)
UniBasel Contributors:Utzinger, Jürg
Item Type:Article, refereed
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Publisher:Public Library of Science
ISSN:1935-2727
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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