One Health Approach to Tropical Health.
A diverse group of communicable diseases that prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions affect more than one billion people, and cost developing economies billions of dollars every year. One Health is the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally, to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. It is an approach to designing and implementing programmes, policies, legislation and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes. How will the One Health Approach offer solutions to the health problems of the Tropics?
Neglected and Vector-borne Tropical Diseases.
A diverse group of communicable diseases that prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions affect more than one billion people, and cost developing economies billions of dollars every year. Neglected tropical diseases affect 1 of 5 people on the planet, particularly those living in extreme poverty. Vector-borne diseases cause more than 700 000 deaths annually and the burden of these diseases are highest in tropical and sub-tropical areas. Attention must be paid to the development and implementation of new and multidisciplinary solutions for the health of the tropical population.
Digital Innovations in Tropical Medicine.
The Digital future will see the increasing use of blockchain electronic health records, telemedicine, mobile technologies, big data and artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled medical devices. These technologies hold enormous potential for overcoming barriers and reaching everyone with the services. With these technologies, better treatment can be given with virtual reality tools, wearable medical devices, telehealth and 5G mobile technology, as well as artificial intelligence-powered systems which can streamline healthcare management and procedures. The potential is enormous, so how can they be leveraged for improved accessibility of healthcare in the Tropics?