Infectious Diseases of Poverty is an open access, peer-reviewed journal publishing topic areas and methods that address essential public health questions relating to infectious diseases of poverty. These include various aspects of the biology of pathogens and vectors, diagnosis and detection, treatment and case management, epidemiology and modeling, zoonotic hosts and animal reservoirs, control strategies and implementation, new technologies and application. Transdisciplinary or multisectoral effects on health systems, ecohealth, environmental management, and innovative technology are also considered.


  • Xiao-Nong Zhou, National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, China CDC
The publication costs for Infectious Diseases of Poverty are fully covered by the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention for submissions before 31st Dec 2014. Authors will need to pay part of the article-processing charge for submissions from 1st Jan 2015.


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  • This ecological study investigates the impact of various climatic, environmental, and demographic variables on the spatial distribution of cholera cases in Kenya. Image: District-level distribution of cholera cases and various demographic characteristics in Kenya.
  • This paper identified the impediments and enablers of ecosystem approaches to health using a case study approach. The results showed that while challenges with integrating research components need to be planned prior to implementation, monitoring non-technical aspects were useful for articulating the research approach and comparing concept-to-practice. Image: The polluted Nhue River and water from the communes.
  • This paper explores the role of social science research in controlling Neglected Tropical Diseases. It reflects on existing literature and delineates future areas where social research has an important role to play in designing, implementing and evaluating interventions for sustainability. Image: Farmer in a helminth-endemic area of Zambia digs a pit latrine.
  • Community based interventions increase knowledge scores and also have an impact of sexual behaviours with regard to HIV. However the problem remains as to how best to scale up these interventions and how best to overcome real or perceived barriers to their uptake. Image: Community-based interventions on HIV.
  • This letter briefly introduces the content of the TV programme entitled Health on the tip of the tongue and discuss its significance for clonorchiasis control in China. Image: China Central Television is broadcasting the TV programme.
  • This paper assessed the relationship between poverty and malaria in Yunnan, China, and made recommendations for future research in this important area. Image: The relation between malaria incidence and per capita GDP in the Yunnan province, China, 2005¿2010.
  • This paper is aimed to assess the knowledge about filariasis, coverage and compliance of MDA during 2011 from community perspective and exploring factors affecting compliance, operational issues involved in carrying out MDA activities from medical officers and distributors perspective. Image: Major reasons for non-consumption of DEC as quoted by individuals during in depth discussions.
  • This study investigated the efficacy of two oral doses of praziquantel for the treatment of Schistosoma haematobium among school children in rural some communities in Nigeria. The study demonstrated a satisfactory efficacy of two doses of PZQ at 12 weeks post treatment. Image: School children being treated with praziquantel during the study.
  • This paper summarize that there are five challenges and needs to response to Ebola virus disease outbreaks and others emerging infectious diseases in African countries. Image: Medicals prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area, treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.
  • Evidence from this series of scoping reviews suggests that community based interventions and school- based delivery platforms are effective in averting risk behaviors and reducing the disease burden. Co-implementation of interventions through the existing community- based programs have the potential to scale- up interventions for IDoP. Image: Community based delivery of interventions for IDoP.
  • This scoping review highlights the role of community based strategies to prevent and treat Tuberculosis. The findings suggest that these strategies could be effective in diagnosing and treating known tuberculosis patients. Image: Community based delivery of TB treatment.
  • This paper evaluates the impact of community based delivery if interventions on HIV knowledge, attitudes, and transmission. Findings suggest that community based interventions to increase HIV awareness and risk reduction interventions are effective in improving knowledge scores for HIV/AIDS, protected sexual encounters, increased condom use and decreasing frequency of sexual intercourse. Image: Community based delivery of ART for HIV.



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Xiao-Nong Zhou

Xiao-Nong Zhou

Professor Xiao-Nong Zhou is Director of the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, based in Shanghai, China. He graduated with a PhD in Biology from Copenhagen University, Denmark in 1994, following his MSc in Medical Parasitology from Jiangsu Institute of Parasitic Diseases. Professor Zhou returned to Jiangsu to work across the fields of ecology, population biology, epidemiology, and malacology, before moving to the National Institute of Parasitic Diseases in 2001, where he has worked as a Professor on the infectious diseases of poverty. After almost a decade of being Deputy Director at the institute, Professor Zhou was made Director in 2010.

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