China opens path to disease via Belt and Road trade route
We need the enormously successful China-India pharma machine to turn its attention to neglected disease product development.”
China has reduced dramatically infections of soil-transmitted helminths and has almost eliminated domestic malaria ”.
“We were curious to explore how that track record might be exported,” says Zhan, adding that China’s great achievement in disease control may benefit other countries.
The study lists nine “major NTDs [neglected tropical diseases] we can anticipate emerging in China as a consequence of Belt and Road trade,” with malaria, leishmaniasis and schistosomiasis topping the list.Xiao-Nong Zhou, director of the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases and National Centre for Tropical Diseases Research, Beijing, says the report presents an accurate appraisal of NTDs in China.
According to the study, published in January in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, there is a need to expand monitoring and surveillance among both groups.Estimates published by China’s ministry of health show that by the early 1990s, China had a high prevalence of parasitic and other tropical diseases.