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.

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