Building Programs to Eradicate Toxoplasmosis Part IV: Understanding and Development of Public Health Strategies and Advances “Take a Village”

Mariangela Soberón Felín, Kanix Wang, Aliya Moreira, Andrew Grose, Karen Leahy, Ying Zhou, Fatima Alibana Clouser, Maryam Siddiqui, Nicole Leong, Perpetua Goodall, Morgan Michalowski, Mahmoud Ismail, Monica Christmas, Stephen Schrantz, Zuleima Caballero, Ximena Norero, Dora Estripeaut, David Ellis, Catalina Raggi, Catherine CastroDavina Moossazadeh, Margarita Ramirez, Abhinav Pandey, Kevin Ashi, Samantha Dovgin, Ashtyn Dixon, Xuan Li, Ian Begeman, Sharon Heichman, Joseph Lykins, Delba Villalobos-Cerrud, Lorena Fabrega, José Luis Sanchez Montalvo, Connie Mendivil, Mario R. Quijada, Silvia Fernández-Pirla, Valli de La Guardia, Digna Wong, Mayrene Ladrón de Guevara, Carlos Flores, Jovanna Borace, Anabel García, Natividad Caballero, Claudia Rengifo-Herrera, Maria Theresa Moreno de Saez, Michael Politis, Stephanie Ross, Mimansa Dogra, Vishan Dhamsania, Nicholas Graves, Marci Kirchberg, Kopal Mathur, Ashley Aue, Carlos M. Restrepo, Alejandro Llanes, German Guzman, Arturo Rebellon, Kenneth Boyer, Peter Heydemann, A. Gwendolyn Noble, Charles Swisher, Peter Rabiah, Shawn Withers, Teri Hull, David Frim, David McLone, Chunlei Su, Michael Blair, Paul Latkany, Ernest Mui, Daniel Vitor Vasconcelos-Santos, Alcibiades Villareal, Ambar Perez, Carlos Andrés Naranjo Galvis, Mónica Vargas Montes, Nestor Ivan Cardona Perez, Morgan Ramirez, Cy Chittenden, Edward Wang, Laura Lorena Garcia-López, Guillermo Padrieu, Juliana Muñoz-Ortiz, Nicolás Rivera-Valdivia, María Cristina Bohorquez-Granados, Gabriela Castaño de-la-Torre, Juan David Valencia Hernandez, Daniel Celis-Giraldo, Juan Alejandro Acosta Dávila, Elizabeth Torres, Manuela Mejia Oquendo, José Y. Arteaga-Rivera, Dan L. Nicolae, Andrey Rzhetsky, Nancy Roizen, Eileen Stillwaggon, Larry Sawers, Francois Peyron, Martine Wallon, Emanuelle Chapey, Pauline Levigne, Carmen Charter, Migdalia De Frias, Jose Montoya, Cindy Press, Raymund Ramirez, Despina Contopoulos-Ioannidis, Yvonne Maldonado, Oliver Liesenfeld, Carlos Gomez, Kelsey Wheeler, Samantha Zehar, James McAuley, Denis Limonne, Sandrine Houze, Sylvie Abraham, Raphael Piarroux, Vera Tesic, Kathleen Beavis, Ana Abeleda, Mari Sautter, Bouchra El Mansouri, Adlaoui El Bachir, Fatima Amarir, Kamal El Bissati, Ellen Holfels, David Frim, David McLone, Richard Penn, William Cohen, Alejandra de-la-Torre, Gabrielle Britton, Jorge Motta, Eduardo Ortega-Barria, Isabel Luz Romero, Paul Meier, Michael Grigg, Jorge Gómez-Marín, Jagannatha Rao Kosagisharaf, Xavier Sáez Llorens, Osvaldo Reyes, Rima McLeod

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Review international efforts to build a global public health initiative focused on toxoplasmosis with spillover benefits to save lives, sight, cognition and motor function benefiting maternal and child health. Recent Findings: Multiple countries’ efforts to eliminate toxoplasmosis demonstrate progress and context for this review and new work. Summary: Problems with potential solutions proposed include accessibility of accurate, inexpensive diagnostic testing, pre-natal screening and facilitating tools, missed and delayed neonatal diagnosis, restricted access, high costs, delays in obtaining medicines emergently, delayed insurance pre-approvals and high medicare copays taking considerable physician time and effort, harmful shortcuts being taken in methods to prepare medicines in settings where access is restricted, reluctance to perform ventriculoperitoneal shunts promptly when needed without recognition of potential benefit, access to resources for care, especially for marginalized populations, and limited use of recent advances in management of neurologic and retinal disease which can lead to good outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-154
Number of pages30
JournalCurrent Pediatrics Reports
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • antiparasitic treatment
  • congenital toxoplasmosis
  • diagnostic testing
  • marginalized populations
  • point-of-care testing
  • prenatal screening

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