Lymphatic filariasis

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.

Marshall Islanders triumph against lymphatic filariasis

30 March 2017 | Manil | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) today acknowledged the Republic of the Marshall Islands in eliminating lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem..

The success in the Marshall Islands comes as another needed example that elimination as a public health problem can be achieved – an important message for the 66 countries still working towards this goal.

More than 556 million people receive treatment for lymphatic filariasis in 2015

6 October 2016 | Geneva −− Recent data published by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that more than 556 million people worldwide have benefitted from treatment for lymphatic filariasis.
This represents an increase of 18 million compared with the 538 million treated in 2014.
Under guidance from WHO, national programmes continue to accelerate interventions in endemic areas while many countries have started scaling down or have even stopped their large-scale treatment programmes.

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