New CGHH Publication - Tropical Diseases: Lessons from History

Posted on 29 May 2014

‘Tropical Diseases: lessons from history’, based on the 2009 World Health Organization Global Health Histories seminar series of the same name, has now been published

CGHH’s new publication ‘Tropical Diseases: lessons from history’ (published by Orient BlackSwan) was released in May 2014. The volume is based on the 2009 World Health Organization Global Health Histories seminar series of the same name, and is intended to reach out and transfer to a wider audience the knowledge generated by these landmark seminars. It gathers together all of the topics featured in 2009’s series; leprosy, guinea worm disease, sleeping sickness, river blindness, malaria, chagas disease, kala azar, tropical disease vectors, and essential and inessential medicines, as well as new chapters on related questions. Each forms an independent chapter introduced by two articles, one by an academic researcher and the other by a WHO official. The articles are complemented with feature photographs selected from several repositories and highlighting important episodes in the story of these dangerous diseases. ‘Tropical Diseases: lessons from history’ is bilingual, in English and Portuguese side by side.

Tropical Diseases: Lessons from History Front Cover

On Friday 23rd May ‘Tropical Diseases: Lessons from History’ was formally launched as part of celebrations to mark 40 years of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) at the 67th World Health Assembly. TDR’s director, Dr John Reeder, introduced the book and GHH project to a standing-room-only audience which included the Directorate General of Health Services, Bangladesh, Assistant Director-General - HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, former director of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control, and representatives of several Health Ministries.

Please check back soon for more information on the book. A downloadable copy is available via the University of York Digital Library

All at CGHH would like to express our gratitude to all of the authors involved in this project, and to the University of York, Department of History, Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders, Orient BlackSwan, and the Wellcome Trust for their generous support of this project. 

Contents: Leprosy - Jo Robertson / S. K. Noordeen.  Guinea Worm Disease - Anne Marie Moulin / Dirk Engels.  Sleeping Sickness - Guillaume Lachenal / Jean Jannin.  River Blindness - Jesse B. Bump / Janis K. Lazdins-Helds.  Malaria Treatment and Control - James L.A. Webb, Jr. / Andrea Bosman.  Chagas Disease - Simone Petraglia Kropf / Roberto Salvatella Agrelo & Gabriel A. Schmunis.  Kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis) - Achintya Kumar Dutta / Jorge Alvar.  Tropical Disease Vectors - Randall M. Packard / Axel Kroeger.  Essential and Inessential Medicines - Jeremy A. Greene / Zafar Mirza.  Combating Neglected Tropical Diseases from the Laboratory: Targeting Kala Azar - Deborah Smith & Paul Kaye.  Lessons Learnt for the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases - Adetokunbo Lucas.