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Lymphatic filariasis ignored during COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought considerable disruption to India’s health system. Efforts have been necessarily diverted to tackling the disease, though this has often come at the expense of treating other conditions. Lymphatic filariasis is one of these diseases.   Lymphatic filariasis, or elephantiasis, is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that attacks the lymphatic system. It is […]

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How does India fare on the roadmap to elimination?

India has a prolonged history of setting ambitious elimination deadlines for a host of diseases, only to miss the deadline and simply re-announce another year.  Many diseases, such as leprosy, are simply neglected with most individuals affected belonging to lower castes and viewed as outcasts from society — a view proliferative through thousands of years.

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India unlikely to eliminate filariasis by deadline?

Lymphatic filariasis — known commonly as just filariasis or elephantiasis — is the target of elimination attempts in India, with a deadline set for 2021. Is it likely that India will meet this goal? Currently, at least one million people in India are estimated to be infected by the disease. Even after the infection has

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Lymphatic filariasis: Can India eliminate it?

At the beginning of October, the island nation of Kiribati announced that it had eliminated lymphatic filariasis. By 2021, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has pledged that India will do the same.  What is lymphatic filariasis? Lymphatic filariasis, or elephantiasis, is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that attacks the lymphatic system. It is caused

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