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LF Elimination Program Treats Over Half Billion People and Protects Millions More From Debilitating Disease
Date:10/7/2008

te Lymphatic Filariasis began in 1997 when the World Health Assembly unanimously resolved to eliminate the disease globally as a public health problem. In 1998, two pharmaceutical companies -- GlaxoSmithKline (then SmithKline Beecham) and Merck & Co., Inc. -- partnered with WHO and pledged to donate two of the drugs necessary for LF elimination (albendazole and Mectizan(R), respectively) to treat as many people as necessary for as long as required, an unprecedented donation to global public health. This partnership along with others from the public and private sector evolved into the Global Alliance to Eliminate LF. This Alliance is a free and unrestricted partnership of interested groups with the LF endemic countries at the core with the objective of advocating for LF elimination and working towards resource mobilization.

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Professor David Molyneux, Executive Secretary of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis; Dr. Mwele Malecela, Chair of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis and Director of the Tanzania National LF elimination program; Dr. Eric Ottesen, Director of the Atlanta Lymphatic Filariasis Support Center, and Dr. Lorenzo Savioli, Director, WHO Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases are available for media interviews. B-roll is available for television producers; photo images and a map of LF endemic countries and regions are available for all at http://www.filariasis.org.

GlaxoSmithKline -- one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies -- is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information please visit http://www.gsk.com.


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