Neglected tropical diseases

Lymphatic Filariasis

Lymphatic filariasis or also known as elephantiasis, is one of the neglected diseases with potential of elimination. Major advances were made in the last two decades in lymphatic filarisis (diagnosing and testing, epidemiology, management of chronic cases) and made elimination a possibility. In 1993, filariasis was listed as one of the six diseases that are eradicable or potentially eradicable. The World Health Assembly in 1997 passed a resolution to eliminate lymphatic filariasis. In 2000, the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) was established by WHO with the goal to eliminate the disease as a public-health problem by 2020.

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People at risk of LF in South-East Asia

63% of 1,34 billionProportion of Global population at risk

Lymphatic Filariasis (Progress Report 2000-2009 and Strategic Plan 2010-2020)
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Number of LF Infected Cases in South-East Asia

50% of 120 million Proportion of Global infected cases

The Regional Strategic Plan for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis

Number of people requiring treatment

879 million People targetted for MDA in 2011 in South East-Asia

Lymphatic filariasis

Programmes and projects

Contact us:
Dr Ahmed Jamsheed Mohamed
Email:
jamsheedm@who.int

World Health Organization
Regional Office for South-East Asia
World Health House
Indraprastha Estate
Mahatma Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110 002, India
Telephone: +91-11-23370804, 23370809-11