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ERIC Number: EJ777565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 87
ISSN: ISSN-0548-1457
The Socioeconomic Impact of Lymphatic Filariasis in Tropical Countries
Nwoke, Bertram Ekejiuba Bright; Nwoke, Eunice Anyalewechi; Dozie, Ikechukwu Nosike Simplicius
Negro Educational Review, The, v58 n1-2 p5-22 Spr-Sum 2007
Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is an endemic parasitic disease and a major cause of acute and chronic morbidity and incapacitation with devastating public health and socio-economic consequences. It exacerbates poor conditions of afflicted persons and endemic communities through reduced or lost labour supply and productivity. Stigmatisation and discrimination are byproducts of LF that lead to reduced prospects of both marriage and a normal sexual life. LF causes absenteeism from school and poor academic performance. Socioeconomic factors and the cost of treatment for LF are presented. Additionally, our discussion includes the description of a two-drug combination introduced in endemic communities to suppress circulating microfilariae and interrupt spread of the disease. An argument is also made for collective support of the current Global Programme for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem and obstacle to socioeconomic development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; China; India