Lymphatic filariasis

Research

© WHO/NTD. Lymphatic filariasis campaign in Egypt

Several gaps still exist in the understanding the "epidemiology of elimination" of LF and there is a need for research.

Several gaps still exist in the understanding the "epidemiology of elimination" of LF and there is a need for research.

Research priorities include the following:

  • Studies to understand the behaviour of residual microfilaraemia and antigenaemia in communities where the threshold level of microfilaraemia has been achieved through repeated MDA.
  • Rapid identification of high-prevalence areas and development of strategies for dealing with them.
  • Development and standardization of cost-effective strategies to stop-MDA and post-MDA surveillance strategies.
  • Modelling of the outcome of MDA programmes of different duration and intensity.
  • Identification of target population groups for MDA and treatment strategies in urban areas.
  • Quantification of the benefits of MDA.
  • Formulation of treatment strategies in areas with co-infections of Wuchereria bancrofti and Loa loa.
  • Integration of MDA with strategies to control other neglected tropical diseases
  • Advocacy for sustaining MDA in countries where it is already being implemented and for starting it in countries where it has not yet been introduced.

LF in the news

19 December 2013 | Geneva
Training in monitoring and epidemiological assessment of mass drug administration for eliminating lymphatic filariasis.

19 September 2013 | Geneva
New strategies, diagnostic tools and treatment regimens for lymphatic filariasis (LF) have dramatically changed prospects of LF control over the past 20 years. Just published is a new handbook for national programme managers, entomologists and parasitologists.


02 July 2013 | Geneva
Lymphatic filariasis: managing morbidity and preventing disability. An aide-mémoire for national programme managers


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