On October 15, 2014, during an Indonesian Field Epidemiology Training Program (IFETP) campaign, implemented in order to improve coverage against filariasis, this image depicts a woman, who was part of a team of medical personnel, in the process of observing a group of schoolgirls in an elementary school located in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera, Indonesia, each of whom had been given a preventive medication with the intent to protect them against filariasis, a parasitic infection caused by roundworms. Children with previous reactions to the medication were being monitored for 3 to 4 hours for any adverse effects.
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.