Taking on 17 diseases with names like schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis and dracunculiasis may seem daunting.

Earlier this month, the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases published some very exciting news – Togo is about to become the first sub-Saharan African country to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF), a painful and disabling neglected tropical disease (NTD) also known as elephantiasis.