Global Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis: A “Mass Uprising of Compassion”
by David G. Addiss, MD, MPH
(This article was published in POLS NTDs Online Journal. We provide the introduction below. To read the entire article, click here.)
Hospitals and medical centers often cite compassion as a core value in their mission statements. In contrast, the importance of compassion in global health is rarely acknowledged, even though it is a significant source of motivation and sustenance for those working in the field. The Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) provides an illustrative example of the role and promise of compassion in global health. It was established in 1998 to alleviate and prevent immense human suffering caused by the neglected tropical disease (NTD) lymphatic filariasis (LF).