Lymphatic Filariasis Eliminated in Malawi

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in this week’s WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record that Malawi has been validated to have eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.

In a joint press release, MSD (trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA), GSK, and the Mectizan Donation Program congratulate President Lazarus Chakwera, the government, and the people of Malawi for this remarkable achievement that has alleviated suffering for millions and highlights the perseverance of many dedicated partners. Malawi is only the second country in sub-Saharan Africa to mark this achievement.

Man sitting in a chair displaying a swollen leg wrapped in bandages
LF patient in Okola-Yaoundé District, Cameroon with bi-lateral LF (photo credit: William Nsai/MDP)

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