Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Print version ISSN 0037-8682
MATTOS, Denise and DREYER, Gerusa. The complexity of the socioeconomic costs of lymphatic filariasis. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2008, vol.41, n.4, pp. 399-403. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822008000400015.
Lack of knowledge of the socioeconomic impact of various diseases is generally one of the biggest obstacles to obtaining funds for investment in applied research and for starting to implement control programs that are needed in developing countries. The authors analyze and emphasize important aspects of the complexity of quantifying the socioeconomic impact of lymphatic filariasis. They highlight the gaps that exist within some fields of knowledge and that these gaps have still not been properly explored with regard to individuals with this disease. They bring together the data in the literature and echoes from their own experience gained through caring for patients with Bancroftian infection and disease at a tertiary referral service (NEPAF - Filariasis Care, Research and Teaching Center, Recife, Brazil). The social impact, in its broadest sense, consists of strong indications of losses of quality of life among patients. Unfortunately, this is still poorly documented and, up to a certain point, very difficult to quantify because of the very particular social abandonment of the endemic communities.
Keywords : Bancroftian filariasis; Social cost; Economic cost; Control; Lymphedema; Hydrocele.