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Eliminating lymphatic filariasis - Is it worth it?

Niessen, Louis ORCID: and Taylor, Mark ORCID: (2020) 'Eliminating lymphatic filariasis - Is it worth it?'. Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol 70, Issue 12, pp. 2568-2569.

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As the 2020 target for LF elimination looms, we are still far from reaching this goal. This must not be considered as a failure of the programme, but instead as failure to set realistic and achievable targets.
Now, findings on household-level productivity loss among people with LF – and for other neglected diseases - are most important for themselves and their household members and for the world to know. Of all the evidence for rational policy making that is needed, economic evidence is often politically most interesting to policy makers at the global and local levels: they justify continuing and increased investments.
New approaches to deal with transmission hotspots, cross-border endemicity, conflicts and environmental catastrophes and integration of vertical programmes into fragile systems require continued research and further investments in programme implementation to meet elimination objectives. And now, let us learn from our past and present experiences and trash the targets.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 395 Health in developing countries
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 530 International health administration
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 880 Filariasis and related conditions (General)
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Department of Tropical Disease Biology
Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
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Depositing User: Cathy Waldron
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2019 08:00
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2020 01:02


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