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Elephantiasis could soon be eradicated in Malawi


“……At least 10,000 people are still living with the crippling disease in Malawi, including 48-year-old Loveness Pitala, who developed the early stages of elephantiasis at the turn of the millennium.

The mother-of-six can no longer work and struggles to pay her children’s secondary school fees, let alone medical bills. But it’s the loneliness that has really destroyed her confidence – her husband left her when the swelling kicked in because he saw her as “disabled”……”

Lymphatic filariasis

W. bancrofti Lifecycle

Three is a Magic Number (for NTDs!)

It was a BIG year for eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as a public health problem in three USAID-supported countries.

Ghana (link is external) and Nepal (link is external) said goodbye to trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness.

Lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) got kicked to the curb by Vietnam.


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