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Scientists from 59 countries seeking answers to combat tropical diseases

Starts in Brazil international congress of medicine that deals with advances on neglected tropical diseases

 
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Brazil receives this evening (23) the 18th International Congress on Tropical Medicine and Malaria, which will bring together 2000 scientists from 59 countries to discuss the progress made in combating neglected tropical diseases, affecting nearly 1 billion people worldwide. Among these diseases are malaria, Chagas disease and sleeping, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis, dengue.

Brazil and Holland are, so far, the only two countries who organized and hosted the event twice, since the first edition of the congress of tropical medicine, promoted in 1913 in London, England. During the meeting, which will run until the 27th, the head of the Laboratory of Malaria Research Institute Oswaldo Cruz (IOC), Cláudio Tadeu Daniel Ribeiro, will be the first Brazilian to assume the presidency of the International Federation of Tropical Medicine (FIMT) .

In an interview with Brazil Agency, Cláudio Ribeiro stressed the importance of the conference, given that neglected tropical diseases affect people in areas inhabited by the poor and with few resources. Are diseases of poor countries and poor people. They bring few resources to control actions, unfortunately, and research. Therefore, they are referred to as neglected diseases, said lead researcher of the IOC, who chairs the scientific committee of the congress.

"These are diseases of poor countries and poor people. They bring few resources to control actions, unfortunately, and research. Therefore are referred to as neglected diseases"

About 40% of the global population at risk of contracting a neglected tropical disease. This is the case of malaria, which records 220 million cases worldwide and more than 600 000 deaths per year, according to the expert. The global picture shows an estimated 2.5 million people with schistosomiasis and about the same number with Chagas disease. Most people are infected in the Southern Hemisphere

Ribeiro admitted that this scenario should concern health authorities. And this concern has to be translated into investment prioritization for control actions. This involves treatment and diagnosis. If handled properly, diseases like leprosy and Chagas disease, which take an average of 20 years and 30 years for the first symptoms appear, have very high chance of cure, reported. We must, he says, that there are resources for diagnosis, since malaria cases treated within 48 hours are unlikely to develop into a complicated shape.

For the researcher, it is also necessary to include young people in this process, in order to encourage them to study the neglected tropical diseases. Although Brazil will increasingly investing in research today are 1.2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) invested in science and technology, against 1.54% in China and 2.8% in the United States, the country ranks 13th position in the world ranking published scientific papers, although appearing as the 6th world economic power.

You see there is indeed a political decision to invest in science and technology, and I think that is what can ensure a modern country, he said. I think it could go better. But we're doing well, he added.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
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