Coalition for the Control and Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis and other Neglected Tropical Diseases Philippines, Inc.
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Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs
The Coalition for the Control and Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (CCELF-NTD) Philippines, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization that aims to assist in the efforts to control and eliminate LF and other NTDs in the Philippines through community managed initiatives and local and international partnerships. One of the coalition’s thrusts include soliciting support from different stakeholders through promotion and advocacy in the form of annual forums, inviting for partnerships, and local coalition-building initiatives.
Formerly the Coalition for the Elimination for Lymphatic Filariasis (CELF) Philippines, Inc., the coalition was founded on 2004 by three institutions of health – the Philippines' Department of Health (DOH), the University of the Philippines Manila (UPM), and GlaxoSmithKline Foundation (GKSF) Philippines. The coalition was first formed to address the call of the Global Alliance to Elimiante Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF), to create a local Philippine entity in focusing on the country’s efforts for LF elimination.
The foundation’s initial years focused on LF works in selected Philippine sites such as in Surigao del Norte, Sulu, and Misamis Occidental. These areas made remarkable success in addressing LF in their areas through activities of its local coalition. The local coalitions also aim to declare their areas as LF-free, involving local leaders and generating active participation in the implementation of the national program for LF elimination. Up until now, these local coalitions continue to exist, still actively monitoring their areas’ performances and replicating the same strategy to address similar public health issues within their provinces. As of date, Misamis Occidental became one of those successful areas in declaring their area as LF-free, years after the sustainability and active involvement of their local coalition.
With its documented success, CELF expanded its works to two more NTDs – Schistosomiasis and Helminthiasis – hoping to replicate the same progress with LF. With this, CELF had changed its name to CCELF-NTD, adding the two identified NTDs in its priorities.