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.
People at risk of LF in South-East Asia
63% of 1,34 billionProportion of Global population at riskLymphatic Filariasis (Progress Report 2000-2009 and Strategic Plan 2010-2020)
Number of LF Infected Cases in South-East Asia
50% of 120 million Proportion of Global infected casesThe Regional Strategic Plan for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis
Number of people requiring treatment
879 million People targetted for MDA in 2011 in South East-AsiaLymphatic filariasis