The DOLF Project

Death to Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis

The mission of The DOLF Project is to develop and test improved treatments for onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis that will enhance efforts to control and eliminate these important neglected tropical diseases. 

Location

Ghana, Accra

Ivory Coast, Yamoussoukro

Liberia, Monrovia

Goals & Impact

The DOLF project aims to accelerate elimination of two major neglected tropical diseases in Africa.

Our funding is for specific research activities and not for capacity building. Having said that, we have improved research capacity in several of our study sites with capital improvements (vehicles, equipment) and training. We have hosted young African scientists from Liberia and Cote D’Ivoire in our laboratory for training in methods and for work on data analysis and manuscript preparation.

We organized a symposium/workshop on ocular disease in onchocericasis in Hohoe, Ghana in April 2018.

Our research has led to new knowledge and changes in WHO policies related to elimination of onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis in Africa. Some of these studies have already been published, and we are working on other manuscripts.