Control of neglected tropical diseases in Asia Pacific: implications for health information priorities

Bergquist, Robert, and Whittaker, Maxine (2012) Control of neglected tropical diseases in Asia Pacific: implications for health information priorities. Infectious Diseases of Poverty, 1. 3. pp. 1-4.

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Poverty magnifies limitations posed by traditional biases and environmental risks. Any approach towards disease control needs to recognise that socially embedded vulnerabilities can be as powerful as externally imposed infections. Asia Pacific has a specific panorama of infectious diseases, which, in common with other endemic areas, have a tendency to emerge or re-emerge if not carefully monitored. Sustained control aiming at elimination requires strong emphasis on surveillance and response. Well-designed informatics platforms can improve support systems and strengthen control activities, as they rapidly locate high-risk areas and provide detailed, up-to-date information on the performance of ongoing control programmes.

Item ID: 43864
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2049-9957
Keywords: neglected tropical diseases, NTD, health information systems, poverty, disease surveillance, control programmes, Asia Pacific
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© 2012 Bergquist and Whittaker; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Funders: AusAID
Projects and Grants: AusAID grant number 44913
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 00:07
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl Surveillance) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 50%
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