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International Activities

The Division of Parasitic Diseases (DPD) plays a vital role in investigating parasitic diseases to help promote public health internationally. DPD provides technical assistance to private foundations, nongovernmental organizations, U.S. Government agencies, and international foreign governmental public health agencies to :

  • Eradicate dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease)
  • Eliminate lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis (river blindness)
  • Control and prevent malaria, sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis, Chagas disease, cysticercosis, and other parasitic diseases

WHO Collaborating Centers

As a measure of its depth of international public health activity, DPD is home to seven World Health Organization Collaborating Centers:

  1. WHO Collaborating Center for Human African Trypanosomiasis
  2. WHO Collaborating Center for Immunodiagnosis of Cysticercosis and Taeniasis
  3. WHO Collaborating Center for Research, Training, and Control of Dracunculiasis
  4. WHO Collaborating Center for Control and Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis
  5. WHO Collaborating Center for Malaria Control in Africa
  6. WHO Collaborating Center for Production of and Distribution of Malaria Sporozoite ELISAs
  7. WHO Collaborating Center for Evaluating and Testing New Insecticides, Insecticide Resistance, and Insect Vectors

More Information

About DPD

DPD Organizational Chart

DPD Domestic Activities



Page last modified: April 24, 2008
Page last reviewed: January 9, 2007
Content Source: Division of Parasitic Diseases (DPD)
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