Could violent conflict derail the London Declaration on NTDs?

PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
(Accessed 21 April 2018)

Could violent conflict derail the London Declaration on NTDs?
Rebecca Y. Du, Jeffrey D. Stanaway, Peter J. Hotez
| published 19 Apr 2018 PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
…The impact of violent conflict on achieving the 2012 London Declaration
The following diseases are the 10 NTDs targeted by the 2012 London Declaration: dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease), lymphatic filariasis, leprosy, human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), trachoma, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections, chagas disease, visceral leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis (river blindness) [4]. Every one of these diseases, with the exception of STHs, is highly endemic in one or more countries with high potential for or ongoing violent conflict, as defined by the GPI. STHs also are most likely impacted by conflict; however, the two STHs modeled separately by the GBD 2013 (hookworm and trichuriasis) did not show high endemicity in countries with conflict; therefore, we did not include them in our discussion. We do hypothesize that the same mechanisms that increase risk for NTDs during conflict apply to STHs as well.
We cannot quantify the impact of conflict on each NTD; however, conflict has most likely influenced disease prevalence or disease control and elimination efforts for each of these NTDs in one way or another. It is already reported that ongoing efforts to control onchocerciasis in CAR [18] and sleeping sickness in South Sudan and Uganda [1921] are being disrupted by violent conflict. In the following section, we discuss the major mechanisms through which violent conflict may increase NTD risk…