Lymphatic Filariasis

  • 893 million people in 49 countries worldwide need treatment for lymphatic filariasis - 43% live in Africa, according (WHO) 
  • Preventive chemotherapy and medicine can help stop the spread of infection
  • People living with lymphatic filariasis can suffer intense social stigma and may lose their jobs, spouses, or be forced to stop school.
End the suffering

Lymphatic filariasis is a mosquito-borne disease caused by parasitic worms that causes extreme swelling of the skin and tissues, typically in legs and genitals.

How do people get infected?

People often contract lymphatic filariasis when an infected mosquito bites them, often in early childhood. At first they don’t experience any symptoms, but then the parasites multiply and grow into adult worms, creating blockages in the lymphatic system and causing significant damage.

What happens when people get infected with lymphatic filariasis?

As the disease worsens, their limbs swell painfully. Their mobility is severely impacted. The swelling can also cause limbs and other body parts to become deformed. People face severe stigma from their communities and they are often shunned, even by their loved ones.

People with lymphatic filariasis will often lose their jobs because they cannot endure the physical pain they feel while working, and also because of stigma surrounding the disease. They can’t put food on the table or pay their bills as a result. Extreme poverty is the result. 

Thankfully, lymphatic filariasis is treatable with medicine. Disease symptoms can also be managed through proper cleaning, skin care, exercise, and elevation of limbs. Surgery is also used to alleviate swelling.

You are making a difference in the lives of people struggling with lymphatic filariasis. thanks to you, effect:hope is able to offertreatment and care for people affected by lymphatic filariasis in the endemic regions. In these regions, leprosy is also a problem and we work to fight the effects of both diseases at once. We train health care workers to quickly diagnose these two diseases, provide treatment, and also raise awareness in communities. 

Your generous support is helping detect and treat lymphatic filariasis. Will you continue to support our partners? 

Help Stop Lymphatic Filariasis

  • Send healthcare workers into remote communities to diagnose and treat Lymphatic Filariasis patients
  • Support local clinics and hospital with needed supplies and training 
  • Treat and care for people living with complications from Lymphatic Filariasis
Stop LF