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Nov. 28, 2017
How Plateau, Nasarawa States Eliminated Lymphatic Filariasis
Published by Vanguard (Nigeria).
The success against the disorder in Plateau and Nasarawa states is the result of a long-term relationship between the federal government of Nigeria and The Carter Center.

Nov. 27, 2017
The Deep-Pocketed Donors Behind the Latest Push Against Neglected Tropical Diseases
Published by Inside Philanthropy.
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have been getting increased attention from philanthropy in recent years—including a new $100 million fund that was just announced—and that's a good thing.

Oct. 24, 2017
WATCH: What Life Is Like With The Disfiguring Disease Elephantiasis
Published by Huffington Post.
“Out of Sight” is a series of 360-degree videos telling the stories of the victims and health workers battling neglected tropical diseases. This video takes place in Nigeria and features people describing their struggles with lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause extreme swelling of body parts.

Oct. 20, 2017
Nigerian Women With This Disfiguring Disease Face Pain And Isolation
Published by Huffington Post.
The devastating symptoms of lymphatic filariasis cause emotional pain, social stigma, and disrupted relationships.

Oct. 18, 2017
Lymphatic Filariasis in Nigeria: The Battle Against the Disfiguring Parasitic Disease
Published by Outbreak News Today.
Gregory Noland, epidemiologist for health programs with the Carter Center, discusses lymphatic filariasis, the partners and the work that went into the elimination of the disease as a public health problem in two states in Nigeria.

Oct. 13, 2017
2 Nigerian States Eliminate Elephantiasis, Carter Center Says
Published by Voice of America.
The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization run by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, said Friday that it had helped eliminate elephantiasis, a disfiguring tropical disease, from two states in Nigeria where the problem was at its worst.

Oct. 2, 2017
Former President Jimmy Carter Chosen as 2017 Prix Galien Pro Bono Humanum Honoree
Published by PR Newswire.
The Galien Awards Committee announced today that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will receive the 2017 Pro Bono Humanum Award at the 11th annual Prix Galien USA Awards Ceremony, to be held on Thursday, October 26, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

May 3, 2017
Crusade Against the Evil of the Elephant’s Paw (en español)
Published by El Pais.
A global alliance works to eliminate this parasitic disease that disfigures 40 million affected members with swelling and threatens one in seven people in the world.

Nov. 28, 2016
We Must Finish Fight Against Diseases We've Overlooked for Too Long
Mary Ann Peters and Sue Desmond-Hellmann op-ed, published by CNN.
The first thing you notice about Jude is his playful spirit and insatiable curiosity. An inquisitive and talented 13-year-old boy in Nigeria, Jude loves going to school, practicing drums and playing soccer with his friends. He dreams of growing up to serve his community and nation.

Nov. 15, 2016
Community Hosts Outreach Milestone Celebration
Published by The Nation: Nigeria.
A rustic community in the Federal Capital Territory (FTC) was chosen to host the Carter Centre’s milestone of administering 500 million doses of medication to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in 14 countries, including Nigeria, reports Vincent Ikuomola.

May 24, 2016
Nigeria: Elephantiasis - Dealing With the Neglected and Incurable Disease
Published by All Africa.
Lymphatic Filariasis is cased by a parasite which is transmitted by mosquito bite. It can cause extreme swelling and fever.

July 17, 2014
Haiti National Program for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis – A Model of Success in the Face of Adversity
Published by PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a mosquito-borne parasitic infection that causes lymphedema, elephantiasis, and hydrocele. Haiti is one of only four countries left in the Americas where transmission of lymphatic filariasis still occurs.

June 6, 2014
Three Ideas to Accelerate the Fight Against Malaria
Published by The Huffington Post.
Nigeria has the highest malaria death rate of any country and one of the world's largest populations at risk for LF. Is there a way that we can tackle both diseases simultaneously? Yes, the same bed net can fight both diseases by reducing mosquito bites. So, The Carter Center is focusing its efforts in Nigeria, supporting the government's efforts to make sure more people have access to bed nets and know how to use them. This is an efficient and effective method of tackling two debilitating diseases.

April 28, 2014
Man Verses Mosquito: Steps to Better Prevent and Control Malaria
Published by GSK More than Medicine blog.
Malaria claims more than 600,000 lives per year, most of them children under the age of 5 living in Sub Saharan Africa. We are supporting a project of The Carter Center in Nigeria that exemplifies the sense of urgency, perseverance, coordination and creativity that we need to replicate elsewhere. The Atlanta-based nonprofit is integrating interventions for malaria and lymphatic filariasis (LF), both of which are spread by the same mosquito.

April 11, 2014
Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication (PDF)
Published by Weekly Epidemiological Record.
The 22nd meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication (ITFDE) was convened at The Carter Center on Jan. 14, 2014, to discuss the elimination of onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Africa.

April 27, 2014
Fighting a Killer, One Bed Net at a Time
Published by Philanthropy Age.
Friday, April 25, 2014, marked World Malaria Day, when healthcare and non-profit organizations from across the world came together to highlight the threat of a deadly disease to which half of the world's population is at risk. Dr Gregory Noland, malaria control program epidemiologist at The Carter Center, a US-based nonprofit organization that is leading efforts against six diseases including malaria, explains the threat to recent gains against the disease.

March 20, 2014
NGDOs in Ouagadougou Reaffirm their Commitment for Elimination of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis as an Objective (PDF)
Published by the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control Newsletter.
The commitment of NGDOs to the acceleration of onchocerciasis and LF elimination is at once both firm in intent but flexible in approach. The onchocerciasis NGDO group changed its name last year from the NGDO Coordination Group for Onchocerciasis Control to the NGDO Coordination Group for Onchocerciasis Elimination to demonstrate our combined commitment by our 13 members to the interruption of river blindness transmission once and for all, globally.

Feb. 20, 2014
Nigeria Launches Africa's First Nationwide Malaria and Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis) Elimination Co-Implementation Plan (PDF)
Published by Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health.
The Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health is distributing new national guidelines for co-implementation of interventions to eliminate malaria and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis). This combined nationwide strategy is the first of its kind in Africa and will allow the Federal and State Ministries of Health to efficiently protect all Nigerians from the two mosquito transmitted parasitic diseases. | Review the co-implementation guidelines (PDF) > | Watch the video "Nigeria Launches Coordinated Plan to Eliminate Malaria and Lymphatic Filariasis >

Nov. 6, 2013
Treating the Village to Cure the Disease
Published by New York Times Fixes blog.
In communities across Africa, health workers are going house to house with medicine to combat lymphatic filariasis, or L.F., which is the world's second-largest cause of chronic disability. What makes this remarkable is that most of the people being treated aren't sick. They are participating in a strategy called mass drug administration, which treats everyone in an area where a disease is found – even if they aren't sick or infected. Normally, it would be malpractice to treat people for a disease they don't have. But some neglected tropical diseases will go on slowly killing and disabling people as long as some in the population are infected. Mass treatment is the way to break the cycle of transmission.

Sept. 9, 2013
Clarke Honored by The Carter Center
Published by WLS – ABC Chicago.
Clarke was recently honored by the Carter Center for donating special mosquito netting. These nets are saving lives in Nigeria. 22 million people in Nigeria are infected with Lymphatic Filariasis, or LF, a debilitating disease that causes excessive swelling of a person's limbs. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. The Carter Center is fighting Lymphatic Filariasis through education, drug treatments and preventative measures like, distributing these bed-covering nets infused with insecticides, provided by Clarke, a local mosquito control company.

June 13, 2013
Two Nigerian States Stop The Transmission of Lymphatic Filariasis, Carter Center Congratulates The Achievement
Published by The Global Dispatch.
The Carter Center congratulates Nasarawa and Plateau states for becoming the first Nigerian states to stop transmission of lymphatic filariasis (LF), a parasitic disease most commonly known for causing elephantiasis, according to a Carter Center press release June 13.

April 11, 2013
Faces of Elephantiasis: In Nigeria. Patients Remain After the Disease is Gone
Published by Public Radio International.
Philip Graitcer, formerly an epidemiologist with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lived in Africa in the 1980s. He recently returned to the continent as a journalist and came face to face with a disease he had only read about in textbooks. He shares his thoughts on an experience in Northern Nigeria.

April 5, 2013
New Strategy Aims to Eradicate Elephantiasis
Published by Voice of America.
The tropical disease known as lymphatic filariasis, or elephantiasis, affects 120 million people worldwide.The devastating parasitic illness causes lymphedema, in which legs, arms and genitals swell to enormous size. Now, a new public health strategy, tested in Nigeria, is raising hopes that this crippling disease can soon be eradicated.

Oct. 22, 2012
An Amazing Tale of Three Men and a Miracle Drug Changing Lives of Millions
Published by the Saporta Report.
Three amazing men sat on the same stage to tell an amazing tale of how they led the fight to get rid of one of the most debilitating human diseases - river blindness. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of the Mectizan Donation Project, and the location was the Carter Center - the site where it all came together in 1987.

April 19, 2012
Mosquito-borne Diseases Under Attack in Haiti, Dominican Republic
Published by the Emory Report.
Efforts to eliminate two mosquito-borne diseases – malaria and lymphatic filariasis – in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are ongoing, with the first of four meetings on the issue this year held in Santo Domingo in March.

Aug. 5, 2011
Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, April 2011/Réunion du Groupe spécial international pour l'éradication des maladies, avril 2011 (PDF)
Published in the World Health Organization's Weekly Epidemiological Record.
The 18th meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication was convened at the Carter Center, Atlanta, GA, United States, on 6 April 2011, to discuss the control and possible elimination of onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis in Africa.

May 14, 2010
Elimination Meets Reality in Hispaniola (PDF)
Published by Science magazine.
There is absolutely no reason for malaria to persist on the island of Hispaniola, says Donald Hopkins, longtime disease fi ghter and vice president for health programs at the Carter Center in Atlanta. All the other islands in the Caribbean have rid themselves of this mosquito-borne disease. And the Dominican Republic (D.R.), which shares the island with Haiti, has driven cases to remarkably low levels. Related video: Two Countries, Two Diseases, One Island >

May 14, 2010
Shrinking the Malaria Map From the Outside In (PDF)
Published by Science magazine.
Richard Feachem wants to "shrink the malaria map." By that, he and his Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), mean wiping out malaria at its "natural margins"-those countries on the edge of malaria transmission where the disease has just a tentative foothold-and working inward. It's going for the "low-hanging fruit," he says. "It's a no-brainer."

Dec. 16, 2008
Haiti and Dominican Republic Urged to Fight Mosquito Illnesses Together
Published by The New York Times.
The Carter Center has called for a joint effort to eliminate two mosquito-borne diseases, malaria and lymphatic filariasis, from their last foothold in the Caribbean: the island of Hispaniola.

March 17, 2007
Learning to Live with a Disfiguring Disease (PDF)
Published by NPR.
A health worker who is the son of missionaries has started a support group to help people suffering from a disfiguring and painful condition called lymphatic filariasis.

March 13, 2007
A Doctor's Lifelong Commitment to Fight Diseases (PDF)
Published by NPR.
Dr. Frank Richards specializes in the infectious diseases that are rampant in developing countries, especially diseases that target children.

April 9, 2006
Beyond Swollen Limbs, A Disease's Hidden Agony (PDF)
Published by The New York Times.
"Beyond Swollen Limbs, a Disease's Hidden Agony" by Donald G. McNeil Jr. is the fourth in The New York Times "On the Brink" series of articles about five diseases - polio, Guinea worm, blinding trachoma, measles and lymphatic filariasis - that are extinct in the developed world but stubbornly persistent in some poor nations. As the diseases hover on the brink of eradication, doctors and scientists face daunting obstacles as they struggle to finish the job. View related NYT video > | View related NYT slideshow >

March 22, 2005
New York Times Feature: Battling Insects, Parasites and Politics (PDF)
Published by The New York Times.
By Donald G. McNeil, Jr., part of the "Cases Without Borders" series, this feature article examines how mosquito netting treated with insecticide is aiding the battle against lymphatic filariasis.

May 24, 2016
Nigeria: Elephantiasis - Dealing With the Neglected and Incurable Disease
Published by All Africa.
Lymphatic Filariasis is cased by a parasite which is transmitted by mosquito bite. It can cause extreme swelling and fever.

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