According to the World Health Organization over a billion people are affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases worldwide. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has constituted a twelve member expert group to address the issue of morbidity management and prevention of lymphatic filariasis in the country. Two doctors from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. K.N. Panicker, Professor Emeritus, Community Medicine & Chairman, Indian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (INTD) and Dr. G. Manokaran, Director of Lymphology Services have been drafted in this committee. A meeting was convened at New Delhi recently to discuss Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP) due to Lymphatic Filariasis and draft strategies to tackle this problem at the national level.
Dr. K.N. Panicker attended World NTD Summit at World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva during April 19 - 22, 2017. Dr. Panicker says, “In the meeting lot of emphasis was given to morbidity management lymphatic filariasis in all member states affected by the disease including India.” He added that this meeting marked the 5th anniversary of the WHO’s roadmap on NTDs along with the London Declaration.