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Tim Allen

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About the author and department

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International Development Department:

Research partner Melissa Parker, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:

Relevant research

Parker M, Allen T and Hastings J 2008. ‘Resisting control of neglected tropical diseases: dilemmas in the mass treatment of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths in northwest Uganda.’ Journal of Biosocial Science 40 (2): 161-181.

Parker M and Allen T 2011. Does mass drug administration for the integrated treatment of neglected tropical diseases really work? Assessing evidence for the control of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths in Uganda. Health Research Policy and Systems 2011, 9:3.

Allen T and Parker M 2011. The 'Other Diseases' of the Millennium Development Goals: rhetoric and reality of free drug distribution to cure the poor's parasites. Third World Quarterly, 32: 1, 91-117.

Parker M, Allen T, Pearson G, Peach N, Flynn R and Rees N, 2012. Border Parasites: Schistosomiasis Control among Uganda’s Fisherfolk. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 6(1): 97-122.

Parker M and Allen T 2013. Will mass drug administration eliminate lymphatic filariasis? Evidence from northern coastal Tanzania. Journal of Biosocial Science 45: 517-545.

Parker M and Allen T 2013. De-politicizing parasites: Reflections on Attempts to Control the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases. Medical Anthropology. ,

Evidence of impact

Clinical impact in Uganda and Tanzania

An article confirming that 200 operations were carried out on men with hydroceles at a surgical camp run in Pangani district, NE coastal Tanzania in 2008:

Malecela MN, Lazarus W, Mwingira U, Mwakitalu E, Makene C, Kabali C and Mackenzie C 2009a. Eliminating LF: A progress report from Tanzania. Journal of Lymphoedema 4: 10-12.

Mahmoud A and and Zerhouni E 2009. Neglected Tropical Diseases: moving beyond mass drug treatment to understanding the science’. Health Affairs Nov/Dec 28(6): 1726-1733.

Head of vector control in the Ugandan Ministry of Health highlights the significance of the research: Yamey G: The unsung hero of neglected tropical diseases: interview with Narcis Kabatereine. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2009, 3(12)

Influencing practice

Expert review which highlights Parker and Allen 2011 as one of the dozen papers of interest in a review ‘of 131 medical publications: J Russell Stothard, José C Sousa-Figueiredo and Annalan MD Navaratnam, Advocacy, policies and practicalities of preventive chemotherapy campaigns for African children with schistosomiasis, Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, July 2013, Vol. 11, No. 7, Pages 733-752. 

Link to WHO website, highlighting the paper:

Challenging MDA strategies

Tim Allen and Melissa Parker, Will increased funding for neglected tropical diseases really make poverty history? The Lancet, Volume 379, Issue 9821, Pages 1097 - 1098, 24 March 2012. Doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60159-7

Drug companies join forces to combat deadliest tropical diseases. 30 January 2012

Neglected Tropical Diseases, Question for Short Debate, House of Lords, Hansard, 30 January 2013.

Parasites of the Poor lecture:, and article about it in The Independent:

Matthew Reisz, Unwanted side effects. Feature. Times Higher Education, 30 May 2013

Letter in response to Times Higher Education article:

Website foregrounding the biosocial conference on NTDs, and presenting statements on NTD control by leading authorities, responding to findings of Allen and Parker

Relevant videos, blogs and websites

Gearty Grilling with Tim Allen on disruptive anthropology, 19 March 2015:

Blogs and videos from the biosocial conference on NTDs at LSE (July 2013):

Tim Allen presentation - The Burning Issue: Parasites – enemy of the poor (January 2012):

The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases -

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