Quality of life study of Filarial Lymphoedema patients
A project under the Grant of Research Schemes under Ecology and Environment Schemes, Environment Management Agency Kerala (EMAK),Govt. of Kerala (Presently known as Dept. of Environment & Climate Change)
- To identify environmental factors on the prognosis of the disease and to suggest remedial measures
- To find out the quality of life of patients suffering from lower limb filarial Lymphoedema in 3 districts of Kerala (Kasaragod, Kozhikode, Alapuzha ) and influence of entry point education in health related Quality of Life (QoL).
- To conduct the prevalence survey of Lymphoedema among school children in Kasaragod district.
Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), known as Elephantiasis is prevalent usually in rural areas and it is steadily increasing in urban slum and people living in poor living conditions. Thus it is primarily a neglected disease of the poor. Apart from disability, lymphatic filariasis causes stigma, isolation, psychological stress and family discord among the affected individuals. LF is the second leading cause of disability in the world. Over 120 million have already been affected and over 40 million in them are seriously disabled by this disease.