Happy Friday readers! Check out the latest happenings in the world of neglected and infectious diseases on our reading list. Today were reading about:
Where Every Drop of Water Counts Mrs Nhamo Mutumba (22), a mother of one who lives in Muvhidza Village under chief Goronga in Mudzi District, is a woman who has watched the nearest Nyatikonde Dam that used to provide water for habitants of her area dry up. She has seen many meetings on how to solve the problem being attended by men while on her way to look for water.
DOH hopes to declare Oro as filariasis-free by 2012 The Department of Health (DOH) is hoping to declare Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Occidental as filariasis-free by next year. Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH Northern Mindanao director, said this is the fifth year that the Mass Drug Administration (MDA) has been done to persons living in endemic areas in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental to prevent them from getting infected with filariasis.
Mass drug administration vs filariasis to include Iloilo City The city government here is joining the third round of the mass drug administration (MDA) against lymphatic filariasis slated in November. This was confirmed by Dr Ma. Jocelyn Te, coordinator of the emerging/re-emerging diseases prevention and control of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development 6 (DOH-CHD 6). The five-year MDA campaign against filariasis kicked off 2009 with the province of Iloilo as the first target and was later expanded to cover other provinces of Panay.
Indigenous elders to train up child doctors Elders in Alice Springs are selecting children aged under 10 to train them up to be so-called child doctors. Children will learn more about basic health and hygiene in the training sessions. The projects coordinators say a similar scheme in Indonesia helped prevent an outbreak of cholera after the 2004 tsunami.