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Research Article

Toward an Open-Access Global Database for Mapping, Control, and Surveillance of Neglected Tropical Diseases

  • Eveline Hürlimann,

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Nadine Schur,

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Konstantina Boutsika,

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Anna-Sofie Stensgaard,

    Affiliations: Department of Biology, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, DBL-Centre for Health Research and Development, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Denmark

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  • Maiti Laserna de Himpsl,

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Kathrin Ziegelbauer,

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Nassor Laizer,

    Affiliations: University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Informatics, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, The Open University of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania

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  • Lukas Camenzind,

    Affiliations: University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, Informatics, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Aurelio Di Pasquale,

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Uwem F. Ekpo,

    Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria

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  • Christopher Simoonga,

    Affiliations: Department of Community Medicine, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia, Ministry of Health, Lusaka, Zambia

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  • Gabriel Mushinge,

    Affiliation: Department of Community Medicine, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

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  • Christopher F. L. Saarnak,

    Affiliation: Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, DBL-Centre for Health Research and Development, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Denmark

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  • Jürg Utzinger,

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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  • Thomas K. Kristensen,

    Affiliation: Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, DBL-Centre for Health Research and Development, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Denmark

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  • Penelope Vounatsou mail

    penelope.vounatsou@unibas.ch

    Affiliations: Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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About the Authors

Eveline Hürlimann, Nadine Schur, Konstantina Boutsika, Maiti Laserna de Himpsl, Kathrin Ziegelbauer, Aurelio Di Pasquale, Jürg Utzinger, Penelope Vounatsou
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland
Eveline Hürlimann, Nadine Schur, Konstantina Boutsika, Maiti Laserna de Himpsl, Kathrin Ziegelbauer, Nassor Laizer, Lukas Camenzind, Aurelio Di Pasquale, Jürg Utzinger, Penelope Vounatsou
University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Anna-Sofie Stensgaard
Department of Biology, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Anna-Sofie Stensgaard, Christopher F. L. Saarnak, Thomas K. Kristensen
Department of Veterinary Disease Biology, DBL-Centre for Health Research and Development, University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Nassor Laizer, Lukas Camenzind
Informatics, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland
Nassor Laizer
The Open University of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
Uwem F. Ekpo
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
Christopher Simoonga, Gabriel Mushinge
Department of Community Medicine, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
Christopher Simoonga
Ministry of Health, Lusaka, Zambia

Corresponding Author

Email: penelope.vounatsou@unibas.ch

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: EH NS PV. Wrote the paper: EH NS KB PV JU. Extracted survey data: EH NS ASS MLdH KZ UFE GM. Contributed with additional survey data: UFE CS GM JU. Performed quality control of database: EH NS. Designed the web interface: NL LC ADP. Gave intellectual content and critically reviewed manuscript: ASS UFE CS GM CFLS TKK. Conceptualized the project: PV JU TKK.