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Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis) Elimination: A public health success and development opportunity

Background The Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis, launched following World Health Assembly Resolution 50.29 (WHA 50.29), has been facilitated in its progress by new research findings, drug donations, the availability of diagnostic tools, disability management strategies to help those already suffering and the development of partnerships. The strategy recommended...

Neglected Patients with a Neglected Disease? A Qualitative Study of Lymphatic Filariasis

BackgroundLymphatic filariasis (LF) is a so-called neglected tropical disease, currently overshadowed by higher-profile efforts to address malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. Despite recent successes in arresting transmission, some 40 million people who already have the disease have been largely neglected. This study aims to increase understanding of how this vulnerable...

Zoonoses and marginalised infectious diseases of poverty: Where do we stand?

Despite growing awareness of the importance of controlling neglected tropical diseases as a contribution to poverty alleviation and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, there is a need to up-scale programmes to achieve wider public health benefits. This implementation deficit is attributable to several factors but one often overlooked is the specific difficulty in tackling...

A Gambian Infant with Fever and an Unexpected Blood Film

Teaching Hospital , Banjul , Gambia. Wendi Bailey and David Molyneux are at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine , Liverpool , United Kingdom. Harry Noyes is at the University of Liverpool , Liverpool ... Hygiene and Tropical Medicine , London , United Kingdom 1 Brian Greenwood , Hilton Whittle, David Molyneux, Tumani Corrah Tof twins born in November 2003. In the latter part he patient, a two-month-old