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Advocacy Booklet: Uganda Example

This booklet promotes understanding of what NTDs are, whom they affect, and what can be done to help reach the goal of controlling or eliminating NTDs in Uganda by 2020.

advocacy_booklet_uganda_example_pc_ntds_only (1.26 MB)

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PLOS NTDs Series on Controlling River Blindness in Africa

14 May 2015

Efforts to Control River Blindness in Africa are a Remarkable Success Story Building Upon the Strength of Diverse and Long Standing Public-Private-Partnerships

New World Bank Group/PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases series reviews how efforts to control river blindness have evolved over last 41 years

May 14, 2015—On May 14, 2015, the World Bank Group and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases launches a collection of peer-reviewed articles on the history and success of the control of river blindness (onchocerciasis) in Africa that started with the Onchocerciasis Control Program (OCP) in 1974 and transitioned into the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) in 1995.

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Device May Aid Efforts to Control and Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases

14 May 2015

Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues have developed a mobile phone microscope to measure blood levels of the parasitic filarial worm Loa loa.

WHO Guide

Training on mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis

Link to multiple training modules on transmission assessment surveys, guides in French and Portuguese for learners and instructors (see below), and additional resources for facilitators.

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Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease

04 February 2015

The Mectizan Donation Program is co-sponsoring an exhibit in partnership with The Carter Center and the American Museum of Natural History titled “Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease.” The exhibit uses photography, videography, and artifacts to highlight several global efforts to fight infections.

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Control, Eliminate, Eradicate A Disease: What’s The Difference?

14 January 2015

An article explaining the critical differences in controlling, eliminating, or eradicating a disease. NPR, January 14, 2015.

WHO Guide

Training in Monitoring and Epidemiological Assessment of Mass Drug Administration for Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis: Facilitator’s Guide (French version)

Ce guide a été conçu pour enseigner aux membres du personnel des programmes nationaux d’élimination de la FL, notamment le personnel de santé aux niveaux régional et de district, les éléments essentiels des programmes nationaux de suivi et d’évaluation pour l’élimination de la FL.

Guide des Instructeurs_fre (804.08 KB)

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John J. Moores Sr. receives 2014 Merck Mectizan Award

20 November 2014

The Mectizan Donation Congratulates Mr. John J. Moores Sr. – recipient of the 2014 Merck Mectizan AwardJohn Moores

The Merck Mectizan Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to fighting river blindness and/or lymphatic filariasis.

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Ecuador verified free of onchocerciasis

30 September 2014

For Immediate Release: 30 September 2014

Contact: Joni Lawrence, Associate Director, Communications jlawrence@mectizan.org

The Mectizan Donation Program congratulates Ecuador on becoming the second country to achieve verification of elimination of river blindness 

DECATUR, GA USA — 30 September 2014 – The Mectizan Donation Program congratulates President Rafael Correa, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health, The Carter Center and its Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas, and the Pan American Health Organization on the announcement that Ecuador has been verified by the World Health Organization as the second country to eliminate river blindness, one of the leading causes of preventable blindness worldwide.

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A Story From One of My Heroes

16 May 2014

Please enjoy this story of the formation of a coalition to fight onchocerciasis, as told by Dr. William Foege, founder of The Task Force for Global Health, to Bill Gates.

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Watch live! Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Conversation on Progress

27 March 2014

On April 2, the United to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Conversation on Progress webcast and live Q&A will be broadcast live from Institut Pasteur in Paris from 18:00 – 19:30 Central European Time/12:00 – 13:30 Eastern Standard Time.

WHO Guide

Training in Monitoring and Epidemiological Assessment of Mass Drug Administration for Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis: Facilitator’s Guide

This manual is designed to teach personnel of national programmes to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, including regional and district health personnel, the essential elements of monitoring and evaluating national programmes to eliminate LF.

Facilitators Guide_eng (4.53 MB)

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How to eliminate river blindness: lessons from Colombia

02 October 2013

From an article published in The Guardian written by OEPA’s Alba Lucia Morales

Colombia recently eliminated this neglected disease through health education and drugs.