5 Jul 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) has added Togo to a growing list of countries that have recently eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem. Togo becomes the first sub-Saharan country to have achieved this global target established by the 50th World Health Assembly.

“Togo’s achievement is a milestone for Africa” said Dirk Engels, Director, WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases. “It demonstrates how the co-implementation of large-scale treatment of affected populations and management of morbidity can be addressed to eliminate another avoidable neglected tropical disease.”

For the past 15 years, Togo carried out a sustained campaign in all affected districts and areas. In 2010, it moved into a 5-year surveillance phase until elimination was validated by WHO in 2015.