|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 67-68
Neglected tropical diseases
Subhash Chandra Parija
Editor-in-Chief, Tropical Parasitology; Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Puducherry, India
|Date of Submission||15-Nov-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||15-Nov-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||24-Nov-2022|
Subhash Chandra Parija
Editor-in-Chief, Tropical Parasitology; Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), Puducherry
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Parija SC. Neglected tropical diseases. Trop Parasitol 2022;12:67-8
The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed 21 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), out of which as many as 12 are parasitic diseases. The paradox is that although neglected, these parasitic diseases are rampant with the highest burden in the economically challenged countries in the three continents of Asia, Africa, and South America. As per WHO estimates, the disease burden due to intestinal helminths alone was 39 million, and in India, about 21% population may be infected with this group of parasites. As per the latest information, malaria and other NTDs account for almost 63 million cases globally. Many of these diseases are endemic in India as well. This calls for a strong effort by the academicians, medical research bodies, and medical education system to strengthen the education, diagnostic laboratories, and research work in the field of parasitology.
The present issue features a review article on host–parasite interaction in Entamoeba histolytica and the interesting role played by the gut microbiota in pathogenesis. There are six original articles in this issue. A joint study from Columbia, South America, and Spain has investigated the antiplasmodial activity of various plant extracts which has been reported in this issue. Blastocystis hominis remains a controversial pathogen, and its detection by polymerase chain reaction and microscopy features in another article from Egypt. A 12-year study of cyclosporiasis from Uttar Pradesh and a 2-year study of amebic liver abscess from Rajasthan are reported in this issue. Various gut parasites found in the common fly is the subject of another article from Nigeria, while the status of mass drug administration for filariasis in India during COVID-19 pandemic is reported in the other original article.
In the case series section, we have one article on Acanthamoeba keratitis cases while the dispatch section includes an interesting case of the emerging pathogen Lophomonas blattarum reported from Chhattisgarh. The other dispatch is a report of ocular enterobiasis. There are two letters to the editor in this issue,, and the obituary of Prof RC Mahajan, an eminent parasitologist from India whom we lost last year.
We hope that the readers will be having a good read of the articles of their interest.
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