Operational Research

Problem-solving research is needed to increase the effectiveness of LF elimination globally. Problems encountered by country programmes need scientific-based and practical solutions. The Global Alliance explores these scientific research questions. An active research community linked closely with country programmes responds to current problems and anticipated barriers.

Currently, operational research efforts focus on:

• Outcomes research in clinical management
• Behavioral research to ensure community compliance
• Essential diagnostic tools and drug development
• Alternative techniques for monitoring and evaluating programmes
• Impact of vector control techniques
• Programme integration with related public health activities
• Programme impact on health systems
• Economic evaluation of elimination and treatment programmes