LF-NTD UnitGlobal efforts to control, eliminate or eradicate neglected tropical diseases (NTD) are fast progressing in recent years. Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is not an exception. Under Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF), endemic countries are progressively scaling up interventions with partnership at national and global levels towards the common goal to eliminate the disease as a public health problem by 2020.
The purposes of this unit are to establish and keep the data warehouse of the programme and to foster professionals not only with knowledge but also with global vision who can contribute to the global partnership to fight against LF and NTDs.

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  • Director Kazuyo Ichimori
  • Assistant Yukiko Baba
  • Professor Shinjiro Hamano


1) Data collection and management
・Collection and management of data and information related to LF/NTDs from the world
・Participation in and contribution to the expert meetings related to LF/NTDs at national and global level

2) The bridge between Japan and the world in the area of tropical control
・Establishment and maintenance of global network
・Promotion Japan’s participation in the global partnership

3) Advocacy and information dissemination in Japan
・Lectures, meetings, media on tropical disease control
・Information sharing and exhibition to the general public

4) Trainings on tropical disease control
・Lectures and trainings for students and professionals
・Publication of documents, development of training materials and curriculum

5) "PacELF Endgame Project"
・A joint project with James Cook University
・Data catalogue, Case studies, PacELF Way II book

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