Neglected diseases and ethnic minorities in the Western Pacific Region : exploring the links

Schratz, A. and Pineda, M. F. and Reforma, L. G. and Fox, N. M. and Le, A. T. and Tommaso Cavalli-Sforza L., and Henderson, M. K. and Mendoza, R. and Utzinger, J. and Ehrenberg, J. P. and Tee, A. S.. (2010) Neglected diseases and ethnic minorities in the Western Pacific Region : exploring the links. Advances in parasitology, Vol. 72. pp. 79-107.

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Ethnic minority groups (EMGs) are often subject to exclusion, marginalization and poverty. These characteristics render them particularly vulnerable to neglected diseases, a diverse group of diseases that comprise bacteria, ecto-parasites, fungi, helminths and viruses. Despite the health policy relevance, only little is known of the epidemiological profile of neglected diseases among EMGs. We reviewed country data from Australia, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam and found several overlaps between regions with high proportions of EMG population and high prevalence rates of neglected diseases (infections with soil-transmitted helminths, filarial worms, schistosomes, food-borne trematodes and cestodes). While the links are not always clearly evident and it is impossible to establish correlations among highly aggregated data without control variables-such as environmental factors-there appear indeed to be important linkages between EMGs, socio-economic status and prevalence of neglected diseases. Some determinants under consideration are lack of access to health care and general health status, poverty and social marginalization, as well as education and literacy. Further research is needed to deepen the understanding of these linkages and to determine their public health and socio-economic significance. In particular, there is a need for more data from all countries in the Western Pacific Region that is disaggregated below the provincial level. Selected case studies that incorporate other control variables-such as risk factors from the physical environment-might be useful to inform policy makers about the feasibility of prevention and control interventions that are targeted at high-risk EMGs
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Former Units within Swiss TPH > Health Impact Assessment (Utzinger)
UniBasel Contributors:Utzinger, Jürg
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Also published in: Important helminth infections in southeast Asia. - Amsterdam : Elsevier. - Part A, S. 79-107 -- Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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