Can Lymphatic Filariasis Be Eliminated by 2020?

Trends Parasitol. 2017 Feb;33(2):83-92. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2016 Oct 17.


Interventions against neglected tropical diseases (NTD), including lymphatic filariasis (LF), scaled up dramatically after the signing of the London Declaration (LD) in 2012. LF is targeted for elimination by 2020, but some countries are considered not on track to meet the 2020 target using the recommended preventive chemotherapy and morbidity management strategies. In this Opinion article we review the prospects for achieving LF elimination by 2020 in the light of the renewed global action against NTDs and the global efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030. We conclude that LF can be eliminated by 2020 using cross-sectoral and integrated approaches because of the compound effect of the other SDG activities related to poverty reduction and water and sanitation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antiparasitic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Disease Eradication*
  • Elephantiasis, Filarial / drug therapy
  • Elephantiasis, Filarial / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Neglected Diseases / drug therapy
  • Neglected Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Sanitation / standards
  • Tropical Medicine / standards
  • Tropical Medicine / trends


  • Antiparasitic Agents