Filariasis Elimination Program

Only IACIB has been working on Filariasis Elimination in Bangladesh as per WHO guide line from 1998 at Nilphamari district and Dhaka district.

  1. IACIB successfully completed 3 pilot projects with grant from Ministry of Science and Technology, GoB which includes mass drug treatment in Nilfamari District and 1 project in slum area of Dhaka city.
  2. One project was completed on Elimination of Filariasis with grant from Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canadian High Commission in Syedpur Upazilla under Nilfamari District of Bangladesh since 1999. In fact Canadian CIDA is the first donor organization in Bangladesh who came forward for support for this neglected disease and supported the IACIB to under take pilot project on filariasis elimination.
  3. One Filaria Hospital was established in 2002 at Syedpur under Nilphamari District with grant from The Embassy of Japan and the Hospital has been expanded further in 2009 with support from Govt. of Japan and also with support from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  4. IACIB has been working on filariasis elimination and morbidity control along with social mobilization for control of other communicable disease as Malaria, Kala-azar, Dengue, Rabies and Vector Control in all Filaria endemic districts under Rajshahi division and filaria & Malaria co-endemic Kurigram district.

Filaria Hospital Syedpur:

The Filaria Hospital at Syedpur has started functioning from 1 January 2003. The hospital is the only specialized hospital of this kind in Bangladesh and Globally. The hospital has been providing the following services.

  • Out door services
  • Indoor services
  • Surgery / hydrocelectomy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Diagnostic services
  • Community Home Based Morbidity Control (CHBMC) services
  • Social Mobilization
  • Training to GO-NGO Collaborative programs
  • Filaria health club and community development program
  • Satellite Clinic services
  • Tobacco Control Activities
  • Primary Health Care Services
  • Communicable Disease Control Services
  • Research

The Filaria Hospital has been providing morbidity control services to filariasis patients to reduce their sufferings. As a part of this activity the hospital has been conducting training to Government health and paramedical health staff, NGOs, Rural Medical practitioners, JOCV volunteers etc.

Summary of Statement of Indoor and out door patient attended at Filaria Hospital from January 2003 – Dec 2011 is as follows:

Indoor Patient
Period Total Patient Hydrocele Other
Jan – Dec 2003 49 31 18
Jan – Dec 2004 234 185 49
Jan – Dec 2005 516 442 74
Jan – Dec 2006 256 165 91
Jan – Dec2007 259 109 150
Jan – Dec 2008 223 153 70
Jan – Dec 2009 368 285 83
Jan – Dec 2010 319 192 237
Jan – Dec 2011 293 156 137
Outdoor patient
Period Total Patient Filaria Patient Other Patient Male Female Children
Jan-Dec. 2003 2009 893 1116 883 906 220
Jan- Dec. 2004 2289 1475 814 1163 953 173
Jan-Dec. 2005 4300 2580 1720 2051 1902 347
Jan-Dec. 2006 5611 3040 2571 2871 2280 460
Jan- Dec 2007 11816 3947 7869 5353 5019 1444
Jan-Dec 2008 12014 3856 8158 5385 4801 2362
Jan-Dec 2009 18970 4422 14558 7303 8369 3338
Jan-Dec 2010 14567 4102 10555 5564 6159 2934
Jan-Dec 2011 14850 4495 10355 5575 7252 2023


1. IACIB has completed a project Filariasis morbidity control funded by SIMAVI is shown for social mobilization which is still continuing.
2 Under AUS-AID support IACIB Started Rehabilitation Project on sewing in 2006 among divorced filaria women patients. The project was completed but the project activity (Sewing training and other program) is still continuing and need to be continued..


      Sewing project for rehabilitation of
           distresswomen filaria patients
Filaria Day Observation Picture

The Hospital has been providing hydrocele / scrotal swelling operations by mobile approach with support from Ministry of Health. There is a plan to expand the hospital for establishment of a Center for Disease Control (CDC).
JOCV members are distributing Filaria kit box to patient
JOCV members are teaching to Filaria Patient
Filaria Hospital at Savar Dhaka:IACIB is going to establish one 50 beded Filaria Hospital and Center for Diseases Control (CDC) at Savar Dhaka with support from Ministry of Social Welfare, GOB.There is an urgent need for support for its sustainability, gradual expansion so that the hospital can be converted gradually into a National, Regional & International Training and Research center for control of communicable diseases.
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