WHO Focal Points
Dr John Ehrenberg
Dr Chusak Prassitisuk
Vector Borne Diseses Control and Regional Focal Point for Leprosy Elimination
World Health House
New Delhi 110002, India
World Health Organization Regional Office for Western Pacific - www.wpro.who.int
A Social Mobilization and Training team from WHO headquarters, Geneva, has been assisting countries such as the Philippines by providing COMBI (Communication-for-Behavioural-Impact) training with national support. The outcome will be a complete door-to-door mass drug administration (MDA) campaign in several provinces that will be used as a model for further scaling-up next year.
National programme managers agree that, despite substantial efforts, current funding gaps will hamper full implementation of lymphatic filariasis elimination activities. However, innovative fund-raising activities are under way. For example, the Japanese government will fund Health Fairs in 2003, at which immunization will be offered to rural populations; it is hoped that this will become a model of synergy with other programmes. The Fairs will be limited to appropriate areas, however, and nationwide door-to-door MDAs will become the norm. The Chair of the Mekong Plus PRG reports that Member States have achieved coverage of about 17% of the at-risk population of 210 million.