Morobidity management and disability prevention in lymphatic filariasis
AbstractLymphatic filariasis is one of the most ancient and debilitating neglected tropical diseases. Endemic in nine countries in South-East Asia, the disease is set to be eliminated by 2020. Apart from interrupting transmission, morbidity management is the second pillar of the imination strategy. Disability and suffering caused by lymphatic filariasis cannot be overstated, and there are limited guidelines and evidence in this regard. Therefore, this document fills a gap in guiding practitioners, patients, community, policy-makers and other stakeholders in dealing with morbidity management and disability prevention of lymphatic filariasis. The early detection of symptoms, diagnosis and methods to prevent further damage are provided with algorithms. Practising simple methods of regular home-based self-care are key to improving quality of life by lessening suffering due to morbidity. The content of this guideline goes beyond the technicalities of medical needs with additional insights into community empowerment, possible access to welfare and economic opportunities and similar issues. The benefit of the guideline would not only go beyond health, but also significantly impact the human aspect of lymphatic filariasis patients.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2013). Morobidity management and disability prevention in lymphatic filariasis. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205539