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Title: Lymphatic filariasis elimination : platform for neglected tropical disease control in Ghana
Author: Biritwum, Nana-Kwadwo
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2012
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The World Health Assembly resolution (WHA 50.29) called for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (LF) as a public health problem and set in motion a series of global, regional and country activities aimed at the achievement of this objective, the guiding principle of Ghana's programme to eliminate LF. The main goal of this study is to determine the impact of mass drug administration (MDA) on the prevalence and transmission intensity of LF and investigate the suitability of the community directed approach as a vehicle for developing an integrated treatment strategy and plan targeting other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) amenable to MDA within the context of the health system. To determine the impact of the Ghana Filariasis Elimination Programme on LF elimination and on other NTDs amenable to MDA and the health system Ghana has an estimated population of 25 million and is endemic for all the diseases targeted with preventive chemotherapy. The country has been mapped for all these diseases. The Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Programme, serving as an implementation platform, has made significant impacts on the epidemiology, implementation of LF elimination and implementation of other NTDs and within overall health system service provision. These diseases are LF, onchocerciasis, soil transmitted helminthiasis, schistosomiasis and trachoma.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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