lymphatic filariasis

In rural Ethiopia, something in the soil can trigger a deforming disease.
HuffPost traveled to Nigeria to document efforts to fight this illness.
Nearly half the population of Congo is at risk for elephantiasis, which can produce hugely swollen body parts.
I have never been one to shy away from a challenge. Whether taking the train into New York City by myself as a young teen to attend dance classes with Alvin Ailey, or deciding at the age of 40 to abandon a career in the arts to get involved in the HIV/AIDS crisis, or, just ten years ago, taking the helm of one of the oldest NGOs in the U.S.
While valiant efforts have been made to bring nutrition to people who are affected by such illnesses, experts say the diseases
Haiti is not an easy place to fight disease even in the best of times. For decades, poverty, government instability and other realities often stood in the way of success. This is why the recent data showing Haiti is protecting its entire population from lymphatic filariasis is a milestone.
Today, 30 adults sit in row after row of benches, some bending forward with heads propped on elbows as if they have been waiting a long time. And they have. These are community health volunteers, and they are heroes in my eyes.