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Lymphatic filariasis elimination in the Pacific: PacELF replicating Japanese success.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17126604     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Japan successfully eliminated lymphatic filariasis and other parasitic diseases through community-driven, integrated nationwide campaigns undertaken during the 1960s and 1970s. The campaigns also created a cadre of experienced clinicians, scientists and public health workers with excellent technical and operational knowledge and a positive attitude towards filariasis elimination. These factors, and the humanitarian desire to improve health in neighbouring nations, influenced Japan to support filariasis control efforts overseas, starting in the 1970s and continuing through to the inception of the Pacific Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (PacELF) in 1999. The unique community-driven, self-help approach of Japan to disease control and health improvement profoundly influenced the activities of PacELF. PacELF is demonstrating that the successful national disease-elimination model in Japan can be extended to the regional level.
Kazuyo Ichimori; Patricia M Graves; Andy Crump
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2006-11-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in parasitology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1471-4922     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Parasitol.     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-01     Completed Date:  2007-03-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100966034     Medline TA:  Trends Parasitol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  36-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Elephantiasis, Filarial / epidemiology*,  prevention & control*
Endemic Diseases / prevention & control*
International Cooperation
Japan / epidemiology
Pacific Islands / epidemiology
Preventive Health Services / economics,  organization & administration
World Health*
World Health Organization

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