PacELF

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In 1999 the World Health  Organization launched the Pacific Program to Eliminate Lymphatic  Filariasis as the Pacific arm of the Global Program, which aims to  eliminate lymphatic filariasis as a Public Health problem by 2020. The  two strategies to achieve this goal are:
– the interruption of transmission of filarial infection  through either yearly rounds of Mass Drug Administration (MDA) using a  combination of 2 drugs (Albendazole and Diethylcarbamazine, in the  Pacific) for at least 5 years or through community use of DEC-salt
– to control the LF morbidity to alleviate and prevent the suffering and disability of affected individuals

The Pacific Program is coordinated  by a WHO professional staff. In October 2006 the program took new  directions under the leadership of the new coordinator and a number of  activities have been implemented since then.

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