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dc.contributor.authorNjim, Tsi
dc.contributor.authorAminde, Leopold Ndemnge
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-17T07:10:57Z
dc.date.available2019-09-17T07:10:57Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/s12889-017-4037-x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/387447
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Onchocerciasis is a severe parasitic infestation which causes disabling skin and subcutaneous tissue changes. Current global estimates suggest that it accounts for 1135.7 disability adjusted life years (DALYs) per 100,000 population. The disease is endemic in many African countries including Cameroon, probably suggesting that the current health policies are inadequate to achieve eradication of the disease. We aimed to appraise the current Onchocerciasis control program in Cameroon in the context of existing literature. METHODS: We carried out a MEDLINE search via PubMed to source for articles on Onchocerciasis in Cameroon. RESULTS: Our appraisal of the literature suggests that Onchocerciasis poses a significant health and economic burden in Cameroon. A composite of factors contribute to the challenge of containing and eradicating Onchocerciasis in Cameroon and include: continuous transmission of the disease; non-compliance to mass drug administration; inability of health care providers (HCPs) to adequately diagnose the disease; limited access of most individuals in endemic zones to annual preventive chemotherapy and inadequate population education on simple and practical measures to prevent the disease. More robust population-based epidemiologic studies are needed to better quantify the current disease burden and consequently guide intervention strategies for complete disease eradication. CONCLUSION: Onchocerciasis is still a neglected tropical disease (NTD) in Cameroon and urgently demands a need for intensification and probably modification of some strategies in the current onchocerciasis elimination program. Control of the disease will contribute to achievement of the corresponding Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) quota.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd.
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom103:1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto103:5
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBMC Public Health
dc.relation.ispartofvolume17
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1117
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject.keywordsPublic, Environmental & Occupational Health
dc.subject.keywordsOnchocerciasis
dc.subject.keywordsNeglected tropical diseases
dc.titleAn appraisal of the neglected tropical diseases control program in Cameroon: the case of the national program against onchocerciasis
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationNjim, T; Aminde, LN, An appraisal of the neglected tropical diseases control program in Cameroon: the case of the national program against onchocerciasis, BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, 2017, 17 (1), pp. 103:1-103:5
dcterms.dateAccepted2017-01-13
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.date.updated2019-09-17T04:16:38Z
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