Lymphatic filariasis is the second leading cause of disabilityin the world.
Causes stigma, isolation, psychological stress and family discord among the affected individuals
Impairs educational and employment opportunities
Impedes the mobility, domestic and occupational activities
Recent estimates show that an ADL episode causes a loss of 3 dollars. A male chronic patient on average losses as many as 69 working days/annum
The treatment costs incurred by ADL patients range from RS 1 to 1000 per episode and chronic patients from 1 to Rs 800.
India loses also 1.2 billion man days due to LF
The annual economic loss is estimated to be nearly 1 billion US $ and is equivalent to 0.65% of GDP