Translating Research into Reality: Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis from Haiti.

Lammie PJ, Eberhard ML, Addiss DG, Won KY, Beau de Rochars M, Direny AN, Milord MD, Lafontant JG, Streit TG

Research provides the essential foundation of disease elimination programs, including the global program to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (GPELF). The development and validation of new diagnostic tools and intervention strategies, critical steps in the evolution of GPELF, required a global effort. Lymphatic filariasis research in Haiti involved many partners and was directly linked to the development of the national elimination program and to the success achieved to date. Ongoing research efforts involving many partners will continue to be important in resolving the challenges faced by the program today in its final efforts to achieve elimination.