Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) is a significant health problem in many developing countries with about 1.1 billion people known to live in endemic areas.
This condition leads to permanent disability and undermines the social and economic welfare of affected people and communities. This study sought to explore and identify strategies for more effective mass drug administration to fast track the elimination of lymphatic filariasis in the six (6) hotspot districts in Western, Upper West and Brong Ahafo Regions with persistent transmission in Ghana.
Thus, the initial phase of data collection was carried out in Ellembelle and Nzema East Districts- Western region from 17th – 30th August, 2016. The mixed method of data collection was employed. The qualitative aspect comprised: Focused Group Discussion with Adults and adolescents and In-depth Interviews with Focal persons at community, Sub-district, District and Regional levels. Survey data (community based) was also collected using Tablets and synced onto a server.
The field team of 13 members were primarily staff from the DHRC. The partners include Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme, Water Research Institute – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with funding from the Department for International Development (DIFID).