Lymphatic Filariasis

The Problem Lymphatic filariasis (or LF, which many call elephantiasis) is one of the most debilitating and disfiguring of all diseases. One of the most prevalent of tropical diseases, it has also been among the most neglected, because it afflicts poor people in both...

Lymphatic Filariasis: The Disease

What is lymphatic filariasis? Lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis) is an extremely debilitating, stigmatizing disease, caused by parasitic worms. It affects men, women and children. BUT… It is a very special disease – one of only six infectious diseases...

HDI’s Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Activities

Our overall goal in this area from 1997 was to contribute importantly toward getting the global Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination program successfully under way, and toward the effective, efficient elimination of this disease and its consequences. We aimed to stimulate...

The Scale of the Problem

Where is the disease found? Lymphatic filariasis occurs in at least 73 countries. It is most common in India and Africa, but occurs elsewhere in Asia, the Pacific and the Americas as well. How many people are infected? An estimated 120 million people were infected...

Achievements in Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination

HDI’s Achievements in Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination, (through 2017) The 1997 Magnetic Island Policy Retreat in Australia A policy retreat initiated and co-sponsored by HDI to help decide how best to turn new scientific tools into an effective public health...

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