Fighting To Eliminate Disease: 4 Billion Tablets And Counting

Jan 16, 2014 11:00 AM ET

What would it take to eliminate a disease like lymphatic filariasis (LF), a leading cause of permanent disability worldwide? We hope to find out. So far, GSK has donated four billion tablets of albendazole to fight LF and intestinal worms -- enough medicine to fill 800 container trucks. Our albendazole has reached over 600 million people -- nearly 200 million of whom are children -- since the start of our donations in 2000. With leadership from the World Health Organization (WHO), we aim to donate as much albendazole as required to treat the 1.3 billion people who are at risk from this mosquito-borne disease. We also donate albendazole to treat school children at risk of intestinal parasites that can cause physical, nutritional and cognitive damage.

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