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Campaign to eliminate disfiguring disease is stepped up

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7347.1176/a (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1176
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    A global campaign spearheaded by the World Health Organization to eliminate one of the world's most disfiguring diseases, lymphatic filariasis, has been stepped up to reach 350 million people—a third of the billion people at risk—by 2005.

    Members of the Global Alliance for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis, a coalition of 80 countries, 30 aid agencies, donors, research institutes, non-governmental organisations, and two pharmaceutical companies, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck, set the ambitious target at a conference in Delhi this month.

    While smallpox is the only disease that has so far …

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