A review of global efforts to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) and control soil-transmitted helminths (STH)

Lymphatic filariasis (LF) and soil-transmitted helminths (STH) are 2 of the neglected diseases where preventive chemotherapy is the main strategy to achieve either elimination (in the case of LF) or control (for STH). In many countries these diseases are co-endemic and therefore LF elimination programs also contribute to STH control given that albendazole, that is used in LF programs is also one of the main drugs used for STH control. For LF, yearly large-scale community treatment programs for at least 5 years can interrup transmission and more than 10 countries have reached levels level enough that they can stop those programs. The aim of this project is review the policies in place for STH control in countires that are currently undergoing or have recently finished mas drug administration programs for LF. The information gethered will be part of a policy analysis investigating the potential barriers associated with maininging community deworming programs for STH control once LF elimination is reached.