Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents
Dr Vicente Y. Belizario Jr.
Professor and Dean, College of Public Health, University of the Philippines, Manila; Centre Director, SEAMEO TROPMED Network, Philippines
Vicente Y. Belizario Jr. is currently Professor and Dean of the College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila, and Centre Director of the SEAMEO TROPMED Regional Centre for Public Health, Hospital Administration, Environmental and Occupational Health. He has taught Medical Parasitology, Tropical Medicine and Public Health for the last 31 years. His research work have focused on tropical and parasitic infections, malaria, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the areas of epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention. His various research outputs are featured in over 80 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. A number of his research outputs have provided basis for formulation of national policy and practice guidelines on control of parasitic NTDs in the Philippines.
Intestinal helminthiasis, a recognised cause of malnutrition, poor school performance and other states of poor health, remains a public health concern in low to middle income countries, including the Philippines. The most common of these infections are soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) caused by Ascaris, Trichuris and hookworm, and in many rural areas of the Philippines, a snail-borne blood fluke, Schistosoma japonicum. The high rates of these infections in communities indicate continuing poor environmental sanitation, lack of personal hygiene and access to quality health services. This presentation will review selected major findings resulting from the work of the study group that have led to national policy formulation. Remaining research needs will likewise be shared as basis of possible interdisciplinary research work in the future.