The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF)

A public-private partnership to assist in advocacy, resource mobilisation, and programme implementation to emliminate Lymphatic Filariasis.

The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF)

In 1998, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck & Co Inc. pledged to collaborate with the World Health Organization to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis. Part of this collaboration was to donate all the albendazole and Mectizan® (in Africa where onchocerciasis is prevalent) which are necessary to achieve elimination of the disease.

The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF) was created in 2000 to bring together a diverse group of public-private health partners to support the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis by mobilizing political, financial, and technical resources to ensure success.

No public health programme has ever expanded as quickly as the GPELF. Annual treatments have jumped rapidly up from 25 million in 12 countries in 2000 to 466 million in 72 countries in 2010. The rapid expansion can be attributed to several factors, including the generous drug donations and the fact that governments in endemic regions increasingly view the programme as a tangible way to address poverty and improve health.


  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

    Goods Supplier
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 10,000+

    We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world,...

  • Merck

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Merck is an innovative, global healthcare leader that is committed to improving health and well-being around the world. At Merck, they're applying their global reach, financial strength and...

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

  • World Bank Group

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Their mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting...

  • Johnson & Johnson

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Caring for the world, one person at a time... inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson. They embrace research and science - bringing innovative ideas, products and services to...

  • Eisai

    Service Providers
    Japan | Staff size: 10,000+

    Eisai Co., Ltd. is a Japan-based company mainly engaged in the manufacturing and sale of pharmaceutical products. The Company operates in two business segments. The Pharmaceutical segment is...

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Key Information

  • Start Date 2000
  • End Date 2020