Expert mission to Maldives for veritication of elimination of lymphatic filariasis : Report of the Mission, Maldives, 19-26 June 2011
AbstractDescription: Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) is endemic in 9 of its 11 Member States. Mass Drug Administration (MDA) has been implemented to achieve elimination of lymphatic filariasis in the South-East Asia Region. Maldives implemented mass drug administration (MDA) in 2004 in Fonadhoo island for a population of 2000 in Laamu atoll. MDA was stopped in 2009 after five rounds. The microfilarial (mf) rate was well below 1%. Post-MDA surveillance with vector surveillance was introduced. In other endemic islands, the MF rate was reduced to zero through vector and environmental control and treatment. The Regional Programme Review Group (RPRG) for Elimination of lymphatic filariasis recommended in 2010, that a WHO expert mission visit Maldives. In 2011, the WHO expert mission initiated the process of verification of LF elimination. As per the revised guidelines for transmission assessment survey (TAS) of WHO (2011), the team visited three islands (two of which were non-MDA islands) and ICT tested 195 school children aged six and seven years for antigenaemia. All were found to be negative indicating that there was no transmission. The expert team recommended Dossier preparation and continuation of ICT testing of samples and a continued process of verification.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). Expert mission to Maldives for veritication of elimination of lymphatic filariasis : Report of the Mission, Maldives, 19-26 June 2011. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205056
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