- Lymphatic Filariasis
in India are at risk of lymphatic filariasis
Nearly 45 percent of the more than a billion people in the world at risk for lymphatic filariasis live in India, suffering under the heavy physical, financial and social burdens of the disease. India’s government has targeted lymphatic filariasis for elimination. Since 2007, the Indian Ministry of Health has been working with global partners to stop the spread of lymphatic filariasis and to prevent disability in those already infected.
Though significant progress has been made in the fight against lymphatic filariasis, much remains to be done. The eastern Indian state of West Bengal is home to more than 8 million people infected with lymphatic filariasis, many of whom still do not have access to sufficient health facilities to prevent lymphatic filariasis or treat its debilitating effects. Only through continued education, mass drug administration and morbidity management can India rid itself of this disease once and for all.