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Study Supports Linking Disease Control Efforts For Filariasis, Malaria

Noting a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found bed nets can help eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF), Greg Simon, senior technical officer for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes in the “End The Neglect” blog that this research and other studies help support the use of bed nets to prevent both LF and malaria. “This study provides excellent examples of ways to combat two different diseases that use the same mechanisms of infection and that affect millions of people worldwide,” Simon writes, concluding, “Linking these disease controls can also promote effective partnerships with national strategic plans and country ownership; investment in human capital; introduction of innovative financing strategies and improvement in health service delivery models” (8/28).