Preventive Chemotherapy and the Fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases

Moksha S*

Department of Bioinformatics, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad, India

Corresponding Author:
Moksha S
Department of Bioinformatics
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: 02 August, 2021; Accepted Date: 18 August, 2021; Published Date: 25 August, 2021

Citation: Moksha S (2021) Preventive Chemotherapy and the Fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases. J Prev Med, Vol.6 No.8: 108.

Copyright: © 2021 Moksha S. 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 author and source are credited.

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Preventive chemotherapy is the WHO-recommended public health strategy for a group of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) that comprises four helminth infections (lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and soil-transmitted helminthiasis) and one chlamydial infection (trachoma).


Helminthiasis; Onchocerciasis; Schistosomiasis; Lymphatic filariasis

Characteristics of PC

Preventive chemotherapy (PC) is the routine, large-scale delivery of medications to entire population groups, either alone or in combination, with the goal of minimising transmission and associated morbidity. PC is a WHO-recommended public health strategy for a group of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): Lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, and schistosomiasis are the four types of helminth infections.

The dimensions of the populace targeted by using a computer intervention can vary in line with the sickness that is centered, based at the epidemiological characteristics of such sickness and the aimed public health (the greater conservative manage of morbidity or the greater bold interruption of transmission). Whilst the complete population of a deadly disease location is targeted, the intervention takes the name of mass drug management (MDA); whilst the goal is limited to precise risk-businesses inside the populace, (e.g. college-age kids, fishermen), the intervention is called focused treatment [1].

The suitability of lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis and trachoma to be addressed by a computer intervention is justified with the aid of the fact that those diseases are characterized by a chronic evolution of morbidity that gives upward thrust to overdue or non-specific signs, with the result that people are not exposed to early or high risk of loss of life or of excessive headaches, and are virtually regularly blind to being inflamed [2].

Integrated pc for the manipulate of the referred to NTDs is based totally on the large scale distribution of 6 tablets, Millions of doses of anthelminthic tablets and azithromycin were used inside the last years and each of these drugs has an tremendous protection report: damaging reactions are minimum and temporary and serious adverse activities are extremely uncommon. Inside the case of anthelminthic pills negative reactions had been proven to result from the body's reaction to loss of life worms in preference to from a direct impact of the medication itself; heavily infected individuals are therefore more likely to experience such reactions. In treatment of trachoma, the low frequency and importance of facet results related to azithromycin ensures a high compliance profile. The most effective capacity extreme unfavourable impact is the Mezzotint-like response in patients with loasis while treated with ivermectin [3]. At the moment areas in which LF and loasis are co-endemic are not included.

In case of co-endemicity of numerous NTDs in given vicinity, one of kind tablets can be co-administered to the identical individuals with the purpose of fighting all of the standard sicknesses concurrently. A number of studies have investigated the protection of drug co-administration inside the remedy of NTDs: Albendazole and Praziquantel may be thoroughly co-administered Mebendazole and Praziquantel have been widely co-administered in many countries and reported to be secure; Albendazole and Ivermectin can be properly co-administered; Albendazole and Diethyl carbamazine are also safe for co-management the co-administration of albendazole, ivermectin and praziquantel is safe in areas wherein lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis and schistosomiasis are co-endemic and in which numerous rounds of treatment with one or tablets were applied within the beyond [4]. Co-management of azythromycin and anthelminthic tablets is being presently studied; in the intervening time its miles recommended to enforce massive-scale distribution of this drug roughly one week other than any helminth manipulate or removal interval.

For removal of lymphatic filariasis, in 2009 albendazole + ivermectin or albendazole + DEC has been applied in 53 of the eighty one endemic countries masking a complete of 385 million people. Albendazole and ivermectin had been donated for numerous years in portions sufficient to cover the global desires, whilst a donation of DEC enough to cover all endemic international locations excluding India, is anticipated to be operational from 2012 onwards [5].

For removal and manipulate of onchocerciasis, ivermectin has been implemented in all the 30 endemic countries international, protecting a total of over sixty eight million of individuals in 2009. Donated ivermectin is sufficient to cover the global needs.


  1. World Health Organisation (2006) Preventive chemotherapy in human helminthiasis. Coordinated use of anthelminthic drugs in control interventions: A manual for health professionals and programme managers.
  2. Gabrielli AF, Montresor A, Chitsulo L, Engels D, Savioli L (2011) Preventive Chemotherapy in Human Helminthiasis: Theoretical and Operational Aspects. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 105(12): 683-93.
  3. World Health Organisation (1996) Report of the WHO Informal Consultation on the use of chemotherapy for the control of morbidity due to soil-transmitted nematodes in humans.
  4. Hotez PJ, Molyneux DH, Fenwick A, Kumaresan J, Sachs SE, et al. (2007) Control of neglected tropical diseases. N Engl J Med 357:1018-1027.
  5. World Health Organisaton /LSHTM/ITI (2011). Trachoma control.
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