Monitoring the therapeutic efficacy and the emergence of anthelmintic drug resistance in the Ethiopian national deworming program targeting human soil-transmitted helminthiasis

Heda, Mio
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Translationele Fysiologie, Infectiologie en Volksgezondheid
Mio Ayana Heda was born on the 21st of March 1970, in Horro Guduru Wollega (Ethiopia). In 1991, Mio obtained his Diploma in Medical Laboratory. After many years of providing health service to the community, Mio continued his education at Jimma University, and obtained a BSc in Medical Laboratory Technology in 2010, and a MSc in Medical Parasitology in 2014. Mio has been involved in many international projects, researching various aspects of soil-transmitted helminth (STH in short) infections in children. In 2017, he was granted a BOF PhD Fellowship during which he aims to improve the monitoring the therapeutic efficacy and the emergence of anthelmintic resistance in STH control programs. He embedded his work in the Starworms project – a Bill and Melinda Gates project that is coordinated by Ghent University and of which Jimma University (Ethiopia) is a research partner. Mio has (co-)authored more than 20 papers.
Academische graad
Doctor in de diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Prof. dr. B. Levecke, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University - Prof. dr. Z. Mekonnen, Institute of Health, Jimma University, Ethiopia

Korte beschrijving

Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs), including Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm), Trichuris trichiura (whipworm), Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus (hookworms) are the most prevalent of all neglected tropical diseases. They affect the most impoverished people living in tropical and subtropical countries. To control the morbidity of these worms, administration of anthelmintic drugs to high-risk populations, the so-called preventive chemotherapy (PC) programs, are rolled out at level that is unprecedented in history in many endemic countries, including Ethiopia. To ensure the success of these large-scale deworming programs, it is of utmost importance that the therapeutic efficacy is periodically assessed to detect any treatment failure that may arise due to the emergence of anthelmintic resistance (AR).


Vrijdag 7 oktober 2022, 17:00
Diergeneeskunde AUD D, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke

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