HIGHLIGHTS

Mrs Teiti Bwenawa receives GAELF Travel Award
Mrs Teiti Bwenawa from Kiribati received the cumulative highest score and was awarded the travel grant to attend this year's ASTMH meeting in Philadelphia, USA. To read Mrs Bwenawa's story click here

7th GAELF Meeting

Provisional dates (17th-18th November 2012) have been set for the 7th GAELF meeting in Washington DC, USA.

Lymphoedema


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Lymphoedema of the arm in a woman from Egypt
© WHO/Faris
Lymphoedema can occur in the arms, legs, breasts, scrotum, and penis of infected individuals. Others who are infected show no signs of clinical disease, but have damaged lymphatic vessels and are at risk of developing lymphoedema.

Elephantiasis of the left leg in a man from Ghana
© DBL
As patients have many acute attacks of infection over time, their skin becomes harder and thicker, and the disease progresses from the early stages of lymphoedema to elephantiasis.

Bilateral elephantiasis in a girl from Brazil
© CPAM/FIORCRUZ. 

Clinical disease usually begins appearing after puberty and becomes worse after repeated bacterial infections.