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History


The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis  (GAELF), an innovative step of the public private partnership, was formally established in 2000 with the sole purpose of providing fundraising, advocacy, communications and technical assistance to the World Health Organization based Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF). 

 

The two goals of GPELF are

 

  1. the elimination of LF as a public health problem by 2020 and
  2. the alleviation of physical, social and economic hardship in individuals who have LF-induced disability.

Since that time the GAELF partnership has worked to support the goal of elimination of lymphatic filariasis by 2020.  

 

The GAELF partnership meets biennially from which the Steering Group develops a two year Work Plan to support achieving progress of the GPELF.

 

Initially housed in WHO, Geneva the Secretariat of GAELF, has been formally based at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) since 2004.  Dr Adrian Hopkins is the Chair of the Steering Group and Mrs Joan Fahy acts as Executive Secretary.