- Lymphatic Filariasis
- Trichuriasis (Whipworm)
- Ascariasis (Roundworm)
Guyanese are at risk of lymphatic filariasis
children are at risk for soil-transmitted helminth infection
Guyana is one of only four countries in the Americas where lymphatic filariasis is still present.
Mapping initiatives found lymphatic filariasis was prevalent in six of Guyana’s ten regions, with small pockets of disease found in two others. Initial control efforts distributed antifilarial drugs, successfully reducing disease prevalence to below one percent in two regions. Now, the Guyanese Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) are working to expand a fourth phase of mass drug administration to achieve similar success in the capital region of Guyana.