MBEKO PONGOMBO Andre1*, MALEGELA ILUNGA Leon2, KAPOUR KIENG Germain3,4, TUAKUILA KABENGELE Jöel5, MASUMU MULUMBU Justin2, KIMPANGA DIANGS Prince5.

Spatial distribution of neglected tropical diseases in the Haut-Uele province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), diseases of poverty, are prevalent in low-income regions around the world. They are grouped into two classes, those for case management and those preventable by preventive chemotherapy. They cause a high morbidity that can be visible or hidden.

The overall objective of this work is to describe the spatial distribution of NTDs, mainly Lymphatic Filariasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, and schistosomiasis in Haut Uele province. This is a retrospective cross- sectional study conducted in 2015. Thirteen (13) Health Zones of Haut Uele provincial Health Division were involved in the study. The data used are those related to three NTDs . They were organized in an Excel spreadsheet and the software QGIS 2.2, 0 allowed to generate the cards.

The Rungu health zone is most affected by Lymphatic Filariasis (TA: 0.8427 to 1.2321) followed by two other health Zones, Niangara and Faradje (TA: 0.4539 to 0.8426). Isiro, Niangara and Faradje health zones are the most affected by soil-transmitted helminthiasis (TA: 0.894). Isiro health zone is more affected by schistosomiasis (TA> 1.9958).

The majority of health zones are co-infected by these three NTDs. Understanding their spatial distribution will enable policy makers and intervention partners to target these challenges and implement NTDS awareness and management programs. Télécharger l'article