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Truong Van Duc washes his leg, which is swollen from lymphedema caused by lymphatic filariasis. Proper self-care is essential for preventing further complications. Photo credit: RTI International/Nguyen Minh Duc

Vietnam Eliminates Lymphatic Filariasis as a Public Health Problem


The World Health Organization announced the Republic of Vietnam has eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem. USAID congratulates the Government of Vietnam and partners on this extraordinary, decades-long achievement.

Dr. Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela; Photo credit: WHO

USAID Applauds WHO Appointment of Dr. Mwele Malecela


The U.S. Agency for International Development applauds the appointment of Dr. Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela as the Director of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases of the World Health Organization.

Members of a household wait to have their eyes checked by William Azabo, Trachoma Grader, for clinical signs of trachoma.

Seeking Refuge: Improving the Health of Refugees in Uganda’s West Nile


Once refugees cross the Ugandan border, crowded living conditions, limited access to clean water, and poor sanitation in settlements can lead to other threats such as infection and disease. Assessing the burden, providing treatment and preventing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) among refugees is essential to improving the health of refugees and a key part of Uganda’s strategy to eliminate NTDs.