From 2006-2012, the Lymphatic Filariasis Support Center (LFSC) was the recipient and coordinator of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant entitled “Resolving the Critical Challenges Now Facing the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis” on behalf of the Global Alliance to Eliminate LF (GAELF).
This work stemmed from a resolution to eliminate lymphatic filariasis globally as a public health problem, approved by the 50th World Health Assembly unanimously in 1997. In 2000, the Global Alliance was created as a group of diverse partners actively targeting two critical objectives defined by the World Health Organization:
• Stopping the spread of LF infection
• Alleviating and preventing the disability and suffering in those already infected.
Toward this end, the LFSC provided technical expertise and collaborated closely — locally, nationally, and internationally — with partners involved in global health and the elimination of LF worldwide.