Lymphatic filariasis

Egypt: first country in Eastern Mediterranean region to eliminate lymphatic filariasis

12 March 2018 | Cairo | Geneva –– Egypt has become the first country in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the latest in the world to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) as a public health problem.

The country joins ten others already validated by WHO as achieving this criteria.

The landmark achievement brings prospects of hope and improved health to future generations of Egyptians.

WHO welcomes new funding to accelerate demise of neglected tropical diseases

16 November 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the launch of a US$100 million dollar fund to accelerate the elimination of two devastating infectious neglected tropical diseases diseases – onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis).

The announcement was made during the Reaching the Last Mile: mobilizing together to eliminate infectious disease held in Abu Dhabi on 15 November, which focused on the eradication of two diseases – polio and Guinea worm disease.

WHO recommends triple drug therapy to accelerate global elimination of lymphatic filariasis

© Marcus Perkins (reworked photo)

3 November 2017 | Geneva –– An alternative three drug treatment can accelerate the elimination of lymphatic filariasis - a disabling and disfiguring neglected tropical disease that affects millions of people, worldwide.

WHO is recommending a combination of ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine citrate (DEC) and albendazole to be used annually in special settings where its use is expected to have the greatest impact.

This improved regimen comes amid significant progress towards the elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.

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.

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