Created in May, 2015, by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Epidemiologist, Caitlin M. Worrell, M.P.H., this image depicts a healthcare worker, Mr. Syeed Sultan Mahmood, as he gingerly dried the leg of a woman affected by lymphedema, which had been caused by her lymphatic filariasis (LF). This was done as part of a leg hygiene demonstration during a morbidity management, and disability prevention training session held at the Panchagarh Sadar District, Tetulia Health Center in northern Bangladesh. The trainees would go on to implement the techniques learned, in their respective health facilities, and relieve the suffering of lymphedema patients in their district. This was one of the entries in the 2015 CDC Connects, Public Health in Action Photo Contest.
Lymphatic filariasis (LF), more commonly known as elephantiasis, is a disfiguring parasitic disease. Globally, approximately 1.34 billion people are at risk for contracting LF and developing the disfiguring physical manifestations associated with this disease. Through mass drug administration the global community has made great progress towards eliminating LF as a public health problem, much work remains to reduce the suffering of people affected by LF. The CDC has partnered with Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to eliminate LF as a public health problem.
For more on what the CDC is accomplishing in Bangladesh, see the link below