Current Interventions And Impact Of Lymphatic Filariasis

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Current Interventions and Impact One of the most influential and impactful interventions for lymphatic filariasis is the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF). The program was started in 2000 by WHO, and the planned elimination date was 2020 (WHO, 2014). This program mirrors the prophylactic prevention and treatment methods detailed previously, with the two main strategies being:
“- stopping transmission through large-scale annual treatment of all eligible people in an area or region where infection is present;
- alleviating the suffering caused by lymphatic filariasis through increased morbidity management and disability prevention activities” (WHO, 2014, no page)

WHO is training workers to address both goals; however, as of 2003, the number of those being trained to address the secondary goal was only a third of that trained for mass drug administration (WHO, 2013b).
To address completing mass drug administration, a primary prevention technique, better surveillance tools (ex. ICT) and records have been developed and integrated into the system since 2000 (WHO, 2005; WHO, 2013b). In addition, the system is supported by large donations of anti-filarial medication that are passed to endemic countries with large at risk-populations, and the coverage has reached over 900 million people (WHO 2005; WHO, n.d. c). Secondary prevention through surveillance is also supported in the program. Since 2005, almost 95% of endemic countries had systems for…
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