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2nd. Pre-WorldLeish7 Webinar “Challenges for the elimination of kala-azar in the subcontinent of India”

Medellin, 28th October 2020

Next 16th November, the second Pre-WorldLeish7 webinar will be held with the conference “Challenges for the elimination of kala-azar in the Indian subcontinent” by Shyam Sundar, professor and researcher at the Hindu University of Banaras, Varanasi, India, at 8:30 p.m. in New Delhi, at 5:00 p.m. in Geneva and 10:00 a.m. – Bogotá.

His conference will revolve around the Kala-azar (Visceral Leishmaniasis) Elimination Program, which has been carried out in India, Nepal and Bangladesh since May 2005, after the signatures of the health ministers of the three countries to reduce the incidence of Leishmaniasis by less than 1 in 10,000 inhabitants.

Thanks to this program, the objective has been achieved in Nepal, Bangladesh and more than 90% in some blocks of India. However, the challenges for continued disposal.

Visceral Leishmaniasis (also known as bad luck): in more than 95% of cases it is fatal if it is not. It is characterizer by irregular episodes of fatigue, weight loss, hepatosplenomegaly, and anaemia. Most cases are in Brazil, East Africa, and India. An estimated 50,000 to 90,000 new cases of visceral Leishmaniasis occur worldwide each year, of which only 25% to 45% are reported to WHO. It follows one of the main parasitic diseases with the ability to generate buds and flowers. In 2018, more than 95% of the new cases reported to WHO occurred in 10 countries: Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Kenya, Nepal, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. (Taken from: https: / /www.who.int/es/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/leishmaniasis).

This webinar is part of the cycle of conferences that will be held before the seventh version of WorldLeish that will take place from 23rd May to 28, 2022 in the city of Cartagena, Colombia, whose organization will be in charge of the Pecet of the University of Antioquia.

Every two months, expert researchers of this disease from around the world will participate as speakers of the Pre-WorldLeish7 webinars to connect the global community of Leishmaniacs and as a preamble to the central congress.

For more information, visit the official website of the seventh version https://www.worldleish7.org/ and follow us on Twitter as WLeish7 and Facebook as WorldLeish7.

About WorldLeish

The WorldLeish is the world competition on leishmaniasis that is held every four years, based in a different country and that brings together researchers, professionals and scholars on the subject, from more than 66 countries around the world.

The event will highlight advances and new research findings in this area. The participation of more than 1500 students, researchers and professionals is expected to meet to generate new ideas and solutions to combat these diseases and to promote a multidisciplinary approach to research, thus enabling alliances with technological development groups and research centres from all the world.

Through WorldLeish7, the organizers intend to draw the attention of public health authorities, funding entities, multinational pharmaceutical companies and other stakeholders of the importance of leishmaniasis as a global public health problem addressing issues ranging from science basic to control programs for the elimination of this disease.

The event will include keynote conferences, symposia, pre-congress courses, meetings for thematic alliances, oral and poster presentations, awards, social and cultural events, among others.