Lymphatic Filariasis: A major public health challenge in the 21st century

This presentation gives an overview of Lymphatic Filariasis, one of several neglected tropical diseases in the world.  It provides examples of the treatment and prevention methods, and issues of morbidity control and quality of life among individuals with Lymphatic Filariasis.   This presentation is directed to public health professionals, teachers, and community health educators.

Please click here to view presentation.  I hope that the information is helpful.  If you have any questions, or care to leave a comment, please do so below.  Thank you.

Carol Jones-Williams

PUBH 8165-10 – Environmental Health

Walden University

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5 Responses

  1. This is a very good comprehensive overview of a debilitating disease. This powerpoint was very insightful and can be used in a variety of forums to educate at all levels.

  2. Very good presentations. But are there any major donors, international foundations and NGOs working in this aspect of public health? We tend to hear of heavy financial commitments in the areas of HIV/Aids, malaria and river blindness, etc

  3. Excellent presentation of lymphatic filariasis and the detrimental effects it has today. I found the diagnosis quite fascinating. It is such a simple method, and if institutions such as NIH can target the exact location of microfilariae growth, then it is possible that a treatment can be formulated to prevent future manifestations of this disease.

    In the meantime, the treatments outlined in this presentation, such as DEC should be increased. Financially, this presents a problem. However the author’s possible solution of partnering with certain health care companies and public and private companies to administer DEC free of charge to infected individuals could reduce the morbidity rate. More organizations need to band together to help eliminate this debilitating disease. Furthermore, as the author points out, health education needs to be increased on LF, its method of infection, and its symptoms.

    Overall, a very insightful presentation!

  4. This indeed is an exhaustive study for “big foot”, the local name for the disease. I wish all those who taunted people in my country who had this disease would be informed about this horrible disease and suffer a magnitude of remorse. I have indeed been much informed and you have opened my research appetite. I shall try to add more to the sketchy information that I had before. To think that, worms and mosquitoes, can condemn me to an extremely debilitating disease is despairing. A curse on the mosquito and the worm!

  5. Very good example of how one’s self image can be affected by a disease. I have been a nurse for over 5 years and have never seen such graphic examples of how a simple worm can cause such damage to the lymphatic system as a whole. Recently a patient on my unit was admitted for possible cellulitis of the right lower extremity, but later on it was diagnosed as Filariasis, the evidence of having a very “big foot”. As nurses, it is our duty to teach and reinforce the epidemiology cycle (from host to agents, both chemical and physical and the environment) to each suspecting population. Good work Mrs. Jones-Williams for such excellent information and slides on this disease that was once difficult to diagnose is now making rapid progress with new technology. Excellent work!!!!!!!!!

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