Problem-solving research is needed to increase the effectiveness of LF elimination globally. Problems encountered by country programmes need scientific-based and practical solutions.  An active research community linked closely with country programmes responds to current problems and anticipated barriers.

Currently, operational research efforts focus on:

• Outcomes research in clinical management
• Behavioural research to ensure community compliance
• Essential diagnostic tools and drug development
• Alternative techniques for monitoring and evaluating programmes
• Impact of vector control techniques
• Programme integration with related public health activities
• Programme impact on health systems
• Economic evaluation of elimination and treatment programmes