Validation of Elimination of LF as a Public Health Problem
In 1997, the Fiftieth World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA 50.29 on the elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem. Preliminary guidance from WHO printed in 2011 referred to “verification” as the official process by which the achievements of the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) would be confirmed. For the sake of harmonization, the terminology now used for elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem is “validation”.
In 2015, the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases endorsed standardized processesfor confirming and acknowledging success for all neglected tropical diseases targeted for eradication, elimination of transmission, or elimination as a public health problem.
Use of these standard operating procedures
These standard operating procedures are intended for use when a Member State wishes to request validation of national elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem following implementation of interventions to achieve the aims of the Global Programme.