- Trichuriasis (whipworm)
- Ascariasis (roundworm)
- Lymphatic Filariasis
children are at risk for INTESTINAL WORMS
Indonesians are at risk for LYMPHATIC FILARIASIS
Despite a growing economy, Indonesia has the second highest burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) globally. More than half of the country’s population is living in areas endemic for lymphatic filariasis (LF), also known as elephantiasis — a painful and debilitating disease spread by mosquitoes — and just 20 percent of people are currently receiving medicines. Less than 10 percent of children are currently receiving medication regularly to protect them from intestinal worms. These parasitic infections can lead to malnutrition and anemia, stunting children’s growth and development.
More than 123 million Indonesians at risk for NTDs live across 17,000 islands and come from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. This diversity and geography present unique logistical and communications challenges for NTD programs in Indonesia, as medicines must be transported across thousands of islands, and health education materials and information must be provided in many languages.