Lymphatic filariasis

WHO welcomes new funding to accelerate demise of neglected tropical diseases

16 November 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the launch of a US$100 million dollar fund to accelerate the elimination of two devastating infectious neglected tropical diseases diseases – onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis).

The announcement was made during the Reaching the Last Mile: mobilizing together to eliminate infectious disease held in Abu Dhabi on 15 November, which focused on the eradication of two diseases – polio and Guinea worm disease.

WHO recommends triple drug therapy to accelerate global elimination of lymphatic filariasis

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3 November 2017 | Geneva –– An alternative three drug treatment can accelerate the elimination of lymphatic filariasis - a disabling and disfiguring neglected tropical disease that affects millions of people, worldwide.

WHO is recommending a combination of ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine citrate (DEC) and albendazole to be used annually in special settings where its use is expected to have the greatest impact.

This improved regimen comes amid significant progress towards the elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.

Tonga eliminates lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem

©J. Abel/Vava'u, Tonga

31 July 2017 | Manila | Geneva -- The country joins Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Niue, the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Korea and Vanuatu in WHO's Western Pacific Region that have been validated as having achieved elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem since WHO launched the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis in 2000.

Lymphatic filariasis is a mosquito-borne disease that damages the lymphatic system, leading to severe disfigurement, pain and disability.

Togo: first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate lymphatic filariasis

8 April 2017 | Brazaville | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) has added Togo to a growing list of countries that have recently eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.

Togo becomes the first sub-Saharan country to have achieved this global target established by the 50th World Health Assembly.

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