Nineteen years ago, in Indonesia, a quiet but ambitious undertaking began — one that would affect millions of poor and vulnerable people. The country began working to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF), also known as elephantiasis, a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that can cause disability, pain, and disfigurement from swollen extremities.
Fast forward to the present, and more than 37 million Indonesians are no longer at-risk for LF. Whole communities now will not be afflicted by the physical, economic, and social toll of this disabling disease, and Indonesia is on track to eliminate LF as a public health problem in fewer than 10 years. [Read More]