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Tim Allen

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About the author and department

Personal webpage:
http://www.lse.ac.uk/internationalDevelopment/people/allent.aspx

International Development Department:
http://www.lse.ac.uk/internationalDevelopment/home.aspx

Research partner Melissa Parker, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/parker.melissa

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. dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021932007002301

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. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/44291/

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. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/33741/

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. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43405/

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. http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/49457/

Parker M and Allen T 2013. De-politicizing parasites: Reflections on Attempts to Control the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases. Medical Anthropology. http://somatosphere.net/2014/05/the-politics-and-anti-politics-of-infectious-diseases-control-a-special-issue-of-medical-anthropology.html , http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/56808/

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. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/28/6/1726.full.html

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) http://www.plosntds.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pntd.0000546

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: http://www.who.int/tdr/news/2011/social-science-ntd/en/index.html

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 http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(12)60159-7/fulltext.

Drug companies join forces to combat deadliest tropical diseases. 30 January 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/jan/30/drug-companies-join-tropical-diseases?INTCMP=SRCH

Neglected Tropical Diseases, Question for Short Debate, House of Lords, Hansard, 30 January 2013. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201213/ldhansrd/text/130130-0002.htm

Parasites of the Poor lecture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj-zGSPwaS4, and article about it in The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/arts-books/the-10-best-lecture-series-7321349.html

Matthew Reisz, Unwanted side effects. Feature. Times Higher Education, 30 May 2013 http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/unwanted-side-effects/2004130.fullarticle

Letter in response to Times Higher Education article: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/comment/letters/learn-from-mistakes-to-get-treatment-right/2004365.article

Website foregrounding the biosocial conference on NTDs, and presenting statements on NTD control by leading authorities, responding to findings of Allen and Parker http://www.lse.ac.uk/researchAndExpertise/researchHighlights/WorldRegionsAndDevelopment/Africashealthcrisis.aspx

Relevant videos, blogs and websites

Gearty Grilling with Tim Allen on disruptive anthropology, 19 March 2015:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSIQhj9_h90

Blogs and videos from the biosocial conference on NTDs at LSE (July 2013): http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/tag/neglected-tropical-diseases-2/

Tim Allen presentation - The Burning Issue: Parasites – enemy of the poor (January 2012): http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/theBurningIssue/player.aspx?id=1317

The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases - http://www.isntd.org/

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