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Can lymphatic filariasis be eliminated by 2020?

Abstract

Interventions against neglected tropical diseases (NTD), including lymphatic filariasis (LF), scaled up dramatically after the signing of the London Declaration (LD) in 2012. LF is targeted for elimination by 2020, but some countries are considered not on track to meet the 2020 target using the recommended preventive chemotherapy and morbidity management strategies. In this Opinion article we review the prospects for achieving LF elimination by 2020 in the light of the renewed global action against NTDs and the global efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. We conclude that LF can be eliminated by 2020 using cross-sectoral and integrated approaches because of the compound effect of the other SDG activities related to poverty reduction and water and sanitation.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Rebollo MP
Bockarie MJ
Year of Publication
2016
Journal
Trends in parasitology
Language
eng
ISSN Number
1471-5007
DOI
10.1016/j.pt.2016.09.009
Alternate Journal
Trends Parasitol.
Publication Language
eng