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A Pilot study on morbidity control of Lymphatic Filariasis

Pilot study on Morbidity control of Lymphatic Filariasis using self care Ayurveda & Yoga therapy in two endemic districts (Alleppy and Gulbarga)

  • This project was funded by CCRAS under Dept. of AYUSH, Govt of India under the Private Public Partnership Programme.
  • This study was funded under Intramural collaborative research programme with collaboration between National Ayurvedic Research Institute for Vector Born Diseases (NARIVBD), Vijayawada and Institute of Applied Dermatology, Kasaragod, Kerala.
  • The proposed period of the study is 18 months. 1000 patients diagnosed with filariasis will be enrolled for the proposed intervention.
  • In this project an integrative approach for the treatment of morbid cases of filariasis (lymphoedema) by combining various systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Allopathy, Physiotherapy and Yoga is implemented in villages at the Primary Health Centre level. This aims at empowering people with locally available & low cost, integrative, self help, home based, patient led and evidence based therapy to the people at PHC level in identified two districts ie. Gulbarga (Karnataka) and Allepey (Kerala).


  • Survey and documentation of epidemiology of the disease- Filariasis in the selected districts based on the secondary data
  • Reducing the disability of the patients with morbid cases of filariasis
  • Validation of integrative approach (combination of Yoga, Ayurveda and allopathy) in the morbid cases of filariasis.
  • Training local health workers and volunteers about the integrative management
  • Establishment of tele-medicine
  • Empowering the patients by providing training to for self care by using integrative approach

Outcome indicators:

  • Photographically recorded volume change of affected limbs
  • Changed in the volume measurement by water displacement method
  • Changes in the Girth Measurement by a Tape
  • Reduction of Entry points & frequency of Filarial fevers (Inflammatory episodes)
  • Quality of life changes in these patients
Performance indicators:
Activities carried out during the 9 month period ending in April 2011
  • Initially survey and documentation of epidemiology of Filariasis in the selected districts has been done.
  • AYUSH hospitals, Colleges, PHCs were identified for service delivery in the study area and concerned people were requested for their support.
  • 557 Advocacy meetings were held with Govt. officials, patients and service providers for sensitization and to seek support for the study.
  • 21 camps were held in both the districts for enrollment of patients for the intervention.
  • Registration of 338 patients has been done for the study through these camps. Number of patients who have come for follow-up as follows 164 patients attended first follow up, 87 for 2nd follow up and 40 patients attended 3rd follow up.
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