Key progress

The Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) has two principal goals and recognises a number of key milestones towards achieving these goals:

1. To stop the spread of infection (interrupting transmission) through Mass Drug Administration (MDA)

    • Implement MDA in all endemic areas (100% geographical coverage).
    • Reduce infection below a threshold at which transmission is not sustainable in all endemic areas and stop MDA.
    • Demonstrate sustained reduction of infection below the threshold no earlier than 4 years after stopping MDA

2. To alleviate the suffering of affected populations by managing morbidity and preventing disability (MMDP)

    • Define burden of disease (estimates of the number of patients)
    • Recommended minimum package of care available for all known lymphoedema and hydrocele patients (100% geographical coverage)

Key progress