Lymphatic filariasis

Despite challenges, Yemen eliminates lymphatic filariasis

15 August 2019 | Geneva | Sana’a --After more than two decades of sustained control and prevention measures, Yemen has eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.

It now becomes the second country after Egypt to have been validated in the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Region.

News of this remarkable success comes at a time when Yemen is facing difficult times as a result of war, civil unrest and insecurity.

Lymphatic filariasis: 465 million treatments delivered through expanded coverage, combined medicines

08 November 2018 | Geneva −− Expansion of programmes to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis) and an expected increase in the implementation of a new 3-drug regimen can accelerate the global elimination of this debilitating neglected tropical disease.

As progress against lymphatic filariasis continues, data released by WHO show that 465.4 million people were treated for the disease in 2017.

WHO validates 3 more countries for eliminating lymphatic filariasis

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8 October 2018 | Geneva | Manila –– In a sign of continued global progress against lymphatic filariasis, the World Health Organization (WHO) today congratulated three more countries in its Western Pacific Region for having eliminated the disease as a public health problem.
Palau, Viet Nam and Wallis and Futuna now join 11 other countries that have already been validated by WHO for achieving this milestone.
Representatives from the three countries received a document recognizing their countries’ achievement during today’s opening of the Regional Committee in Manila, Philippines.

Samoa rolls out triple drug therapy to accelerate elimination of lymphatic filariasis

24 August 2018 | Manila | Geneva –– Samoa has become the first country to implement the new triple drug regimen recommended by WHO for the treatment of lymphatic filariasis (LF), a disabling and disfiguring neglected tropical disease.

Annual mass treatment of the entire eligible population of Samoa began on 14 August and is expected to be completed by 26 August.

Disease-specific alliances could unite to better support elimination of all NTDs

14 June 2018 | Geneva -- WHO has called on alliances working to tackle specific neglected tropical diseases to discuss the creation of a common front to better support countries in their efforts to overcome these conditions.
WHO is ready to convene the various alliances to facilitate discussions, should the idea move forward.
The call was made to participants of the 10th meeting of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF) which opened yesterday in New Delhi, India.

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