About the Authors

Fidel Villegas
Veterinary Public Health, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, La Paz, Bolivia

René Angles
Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia

René Barrientos
Servicio Departamental de Salud/SEDES – La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia

Gary Barrios
Programa Nacional de Zoonosis – Ministerio de Salud y Deportes, La Paz, Bolivia

María Adela Valero, Santiago Mas-Coma
Parasitology Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universidad de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Kamal Hamed
Tropical Medicines, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover, New Jersey, United States of America

Heiner Grueninger
Tropical Medicines, Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland

Steven K. Ault
Regional Program on Neglected Infectious Diseases, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, Washington, D.C., United States of America

Antonio Montresor, Dirk Engels, Albis Francesco Gabrielli
Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Corresponding Author


Competing Interests

The authors, with the exception of KH and HG, have declared that no competing interests exist. KH and HG are employees of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Novartis Pharma AG, respectively. Please note however that drugs are donated free-of-charge to endemic countries, and that therefore a financial gain is not expected. No funds were provided by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and/or Novartis Pharma AG for the realization of this study.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: FV RA MAV SKA AM DE SMC AFG. Performed the experiments: FV RA RB GB MAV SMC. Analyzed the data: FV RA RB GB MAV SKA AM DE SMC AFG. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: FV RA RB GB MAV KH HG SKA AM DE SMC AFG. Wrote the paper: FV RA MAV SMC AFG. Revised the manuscript: RB GB KH HG SKA AM DE. Facilitated shipment of TCZ tablets: KH HG.