Clinical, biological, and anthropological aspects of leishmaniasis in Suriname - report of the final meeting of the Integrated Program

Clinical, biological, and anthropological aspects of leishmaniasis in Suriname - report of the final meeting of the Integrated Program

Category

Biomedicine

Available online

25 Apr 2014

Found in Edition

2014, Volume 5, 464-473

Format

Scientific meetings
The parasitic disease cutaneous leishmaniasis is an increasing health problem in many countries including the Republic of Suriname. Diagnosis is difficult and treatment options are few, while the side-effects are serious and treatment failure is not uncommon. Insight into the epidemiology and biology of the disease in Suriname is scant. Cutaneous leishmaniasis also puts a significant economic burden on affected individuals and may have a substantial social impact on quality of life as patients can be mutilated and may suffer stigmatization. Nevertheless, a control program for the disease is lacking in Suriname. For these reasons, a comprehensive collaborative effort among stakeholders in Suriname and The Netherlands has been initiated to assess the problem of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Suriname in an integrated manner. This Integrated Program has established diagnostic algorithms to assess and improve the efficacy of current treatment options of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Suriname has contributed to our understanding of the Leishmania parasites, vectors, and reservoirs involved in the transmission of the disease and has provided more insight into the factors related to treatment seeking behavior, risk factors, and disease perception. This paper reports on these advances.

Subject

Leishmaniasis

Keywords

Cutaneous leishmaniasis, clinical aspects, biological aspects, anthropological aspects, Integrated Program, Suriname, The Netherlands

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dennis R.A. Mans (8)

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname, Paramaribo, Suriname

Ricardo V.P.F. Hu (1)

Dermatology Services, Ministry of Health, Paramaribo, Suriname

Alida D. Kent (1)

Department of Parasitology, Anton de Kom University of Suriname, Paramaribo, Suriname

Sahienshadebie Ramdas (1)

Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Henk D.F.H. Schallig (1)

Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen KIT/Royal Tropical Institute, KIT Biomedical Research, Parasitology Unit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jimmy E. Zeegelaar (1)

Department of Dermatology, Flevoziekenhuis, Almere, The Netherlands
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