Lymphatic Filariasis

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The Challenge

Lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, is a mosquito-borne infectious disease that often leads to severe swelling of the limbs and other body parts and a painful thickening of the skin.

There are an estimated 120 million people infected with this debilitating and sometimes crippling disease and more than 1.3 billion people at risk of infection. Those infected are limited in their ability to work or care for their families and often shunned by their communities. 

Our Solution

HKI is working with government health agencies to distribute preventative medicines to help counties meet elimination goals, as well as provide surgeries and disability management education to those suffering from disfigurements caused by the infection through the MMDP Project.