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Treating lymphoedema patients in Indian villages

14 February 2014

<p>In 2004, the Institute of Applied Dermatology (IAD) developed an integrated treatment programme for lymphatic filariasis (LF) for rural communities. This included a combination of treatment elements from allopathy, Ayurveda and yoga therapy, to deliver low cost, home-based, self-care treatment with the support of a family member. Patients were treated at the outpatient department in Kasaragod, and two peripheral community units were set up in 2010. Mass camps were also conducted in three endemic districts of Kerala. The projects are nearing completion. This paper gives an overview of these programmes.</p>

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