Is Leishmaniasis donovani elimination feasible in Bhutan? A review of current prevention and control mechanisms in Bhutan

Authors

  • Tashi Tobgay Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Sithar Dorjee Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Ambika Pradhan Jigmi Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Tenzin Wangdi Vector borne Disease Control Program, Gelephu, Bhutan
  • Tobgye Drukpa Vector borne Disease Control Program, Gelephu, Bhutan
  • Rinxin Namgye Vector borne Disease Control Program, Gelephu, Bhutan
  • Guofa Zhou Program in Public Health, University pf California, Irvine, CA, USA
  • Nadira D. Karunaweera Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47811/bhj.106

Keywords:

Leishmaniasis, Bhutan, elimination

Abstract

Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease with an annual estimated 700,000 to 1 million new cases globally. The diseases affect the rural community and people living in poverty. It is transmitted by female phlebotomine sand-fly; a tiny 2–3 mm long insect vector. Along with the regional countries, Bhutan has embarked on the elimination goal. However, several challenges lies ahead on its path to elimination. There is no elimination strategy and actions. The reporting, surveillance system, control and prevention mechanisms are inadequate. Further, there is lack of knowledge among the health care providers that impedes elimination goals. Therefore, if Bhutan is serious about its elimination goal, all the gaps and current challenges needs to be addressed appropriately.

Keywords: Bhutan; Elimination; Leishmaniasis.

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Published

2020-11-18

How to Cite

Tobgay, T., Dorjee, S. ., Pradhan, A. ., Wangdi, T. ., Drukpa, T. ., Namgye, R. ., Zhou, G. ., & Karunaweera, N. D. K. (2020). Is Leishmaniasis donovani elimination feasible in Bhutan? A review of current prevention and control mechanisms in Bhutan. Bhutan Health Journal, 6(2), 27–30. https://doi.org/10.47811/bhj.106

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Short Report