This report presents an evaluation of current research and challenges in controlling the helminthiases of public health importance, including onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminthiases, schistosomiasis, food-borne trematodiases and taeniasis/cysticercosis. The evaluation covers five major themes – intervention, epidemiology and surveillance, environmental and social ecology, data and modelling, and fundamental biology. The work is the output of the disease reference group on helminth infections (DRG4), which is part of an independent “think tank” of international experts, established and funded by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), to identify key research priorities through the review of research evidence and input from stakeholder consultations.
TDR Disease Reference Group on Helminth Infections. Research priorities for helminth infections. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (2012) 196 pp. ISBN 978 92 4 120972 4 [WHO Technical Report Series No. 972]