On October 15, 2014, during an Indonesian Field Epidemiology Training Program (IFETP) campaign, implemented in order to improve coverage against filariasis, which is a parasitic infection caused by roundworms, these elementary school children in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera, Indonesia, were photographed as they were each receiving oral preventive filarial medication. In this particular view, a young male student can be seen about to introduce an antifilarial pill into his mouth, while his classmates watched.
Lymphatic filariasis, considered globally as a neglected tropical disease, is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic, thread-like worms. The adult worms only live in the human lymph system. The lymph system maintains the body's fluid balance and fights infections. Lymphatic filariasis is spread from person to person by mosquitoes.
The FETP trains workers on the ground to help countries build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to health threats. The program develops in-country expertise so that disease outbreaks can be detected locally and prevented from spreading.
For more on the FETP, or filariasis, see the links below.