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Good News from the Philippines

September 10th, 2011

By: Alanna Shaikh

On August 21, the World Health Organization declared the Compostela Valley of Davao region, Philippines, to be Filariasis free. Considering that ten years ago filariasis was endemic in the Philippines, that’s an impressive accomplishment.

This 2003 article about poverty and filariasis in the Philippines is a useful reminder that eliminating the disease is about more than the direct disfigurement and injury caused by the diseases. The filariasis-endemic provinces in the Philippines are also its poorest. Eliminating LF in the Compostela Valley therefore represents a sign that the government is paying more attention to its poorest citizens and the removal of a barrier to success on the part of poor people. Giant swollen limbs don’t make gainful employment easy, especially in poor areas with low educational attainment.

The Compostela Valley province – known apparently as Comval by Filipinos – certainly fits that bill. It has an economy heavily dependent on agriculture and mining. The day before the LF announcement was made, it saw mass possession by malevolent spirits. As you can guess, being afflicted by a severe disabling disease in this region is going to be a serious impediment to financial success or happiness. Read more: Good News from the Philippines

Reading List 9/2/2011

September 2nd, 2011

Happy Friday readers! Check out the latest happenings in the world of neglected and infectious diseases on our reading list. Today were reading about:

Where Every Drop of Water Counts Mrs Nhamo Mutumba (22), a mother of one who lives in Muvhidza Village under chief Goronga in Mudzi District, is a woman who has watched the nearest Nyatikonde Dam that used to provide water for habitants of her area dry up. She has seen many meetings on how to solve the problem being attended by men while on her way to look for water.

DOH hopes to declare Oro as filariasis-free by 2012 The Department of Health (DOH) is hoping to declare Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Occidental as filariasis-free by next year. Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH Northern Mindanao director, said this is the fifth year that the Mass Drug Administration (MDA) has been done to persons living in endemic areas in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental to prevent them from getting infected with filariasis.

Mass drug administration vs filariasis to include Iloilo City The city government here is joining the third round of the mass drug administration (MDA) against lymphatic filariasis slated in November. This was confirmed by Dr Ma. Jocelyn Te, coordinator of the emerging/re-emerging diseases prevention and control of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development 6 (DOH-CHD 6). The five-year MDA campaign against filariasis kicked off 2009 with the province of Iloilo as the first target and was later expanded to cover other provinces of Panay.

Indigenous elders to train up child doctors Elders in Alice Springs are selecting children aged under 10 to train them up to be so-called child doctors. Children will learn more about basic health and hygiene in the training sessions. The projects coordinators say a similar scheme in Indonesia helped prevent an outbreak of cholera after the 2004 tsunami.