Lymphatic filariasis

In memoriam
Dr Vasanthapuram Kumaraswami, 1950–2016

5 March 2016 | Geneva −− It is with great sadness and grief that we learnt of the sudden passing of Dr Vasanthapuram Kumaraswami, who died along with his wife Lakshmi and mother Kamala in a car accident on 4 March 2016 on the Chennai-Bangalore national highway near Ambur in Tamil Nadu, India.

A former Director-in-charge, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai, India, Dr Kumaraswami was also Director-in-charge of the National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai.

Improved availability of new test to enhance global lymphatic filariasis elimination

5 February 2016 ¦ Geneva −− A new diagnostic test enabling countries to determine when to stop large-scale treatment of populations to eliminate lymphatic filariasis is now available. WHO is coordinating the procurement and supply of the new test for use in its Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF).

The Filariasis Test Strip (FTS) is a new point-of-care rapid diagnostic test designed to detect in human blood the antigen of the major species of filarial worm (Wuchereria bancrofti) that causes lymphatic filariasis.

WHO welcomes Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 for discoveries of drugs against tropical diseases

05 October 2015 | Geneva −− WHO welcomes the decision to award the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries of drugs that have radically improved treatment against tropical diseases such as malaria, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis.

The prize for artemisinin is a tribute to the contribution of the Chinese scientific community in the fight against malaria. Artemisinin compounds have become the mainstay of malaria treatment over the past 15 years.

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