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Hispaniola Initiative – Articles By Carter Center Experts

Oct. 26, 2015
Post-MDA Transmission Assessment Survey for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in La Ciénaga, Dominican Republic (PDF)
Published by the American Journal of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and reposted with permission.
Authors: Gregory S. Noland, Stephen Blount, and Manuel Gonzalez. The Dominican Republic is one of four remaining countries in the Americas with lymphatic filariasis (LF). Annual mass drug administration (MDA) with albendazole and diethylcarbamazine was conducted in La Ciénaga, an impoverished urban barrio in Santo Domingo from 2004 to 2006. Eight years after the last MDA, a transmission assessment survey (TAS) was conducted in November–December 2014 to determine if LF transmission remains absent.

Feb. 15, 2013
Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, November 2012 (PDF)
Weekly Epidemiological Record, published by the World Health Organization and posted with permission.
The 20th meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication (ITFDE) was convened at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 27, 2012, to discuss the potential eradicability of yaws and receive an update on progress towards elimination of malaria and lymphatic filariasis from Hispaniola. 

Jan. 3, 2013
Disease Eradication
New England Journal of Medicine, Vol 368 No. 1.pp. 53-64. Doi:10.1056/NEJMra1200391
Author: Donald R. Hopkins. Since the last case of naturally occurring smallpox in 1977, there have been three major international conferences devoted to the concept of disease eradication. Several other diseases have been considered as potential candidates for eradication, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has targeted only two other diseases for global eradication after smallpox. In 1986, WHO's policy-making body, the World Health Assembly, adopted the elimination of dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) as a global goal, and it declared eradication of poliomyelitis a global goal in 1988. Although both diseases now appear to be close to eradication, the fact that neither goal has been achieved after more than two decades — and several years beyond the initial target dates for their eradication — underscores the daunting challenge of such efforts, as does the failure of previous attempts to eradicate malaria, hookworm, yaws, and other diseases. "Disease Eradication" was published as part one of "A Global View of Health – An Unfolding Series." Read the overview of the series >

March 13, 2009
Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, October 2008 (PDF)
Weekly Epidemiological Record, published by the World Health Organization and posted with permission.
The 13th meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication was convened at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on Oct. 29, 2008, to discuss status of the global campaigns to eliminate lymphatic filariasis and dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease), an update on efforts to eliminate malaria and lymphatic filariasis from the island of Hispaniola, and a report on the first review of buruli ulcer control programs..

Jan. 26, 2007
Weekly epidemiological record/Releve epidemiologique hebdomadaire
No. 4, 207, 82, 25-32 (PDF)
Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication — 12 May 2006/Reunion du Groupe special international pour l'eradication des maladies — 12 mai 2006.

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