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Merck & Co., Inc. and The Mectizan Donation Program Congratulate Awardees of 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for Discovery Leading to River Blindness Treatment

05 October 2015
Merck & Co., Inc. and The Mectizan Donation Program Congratulate Awardees of 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for Discovery Leading to River Blindness Treatment

KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, proudly congratulates William C. Campbell (pictured/Reuters/Brian Snyder), a retired scientist from Merck Research Laboratories, who was jointly named the 2015 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine with Satoshi Omura for the discovery of avermectin, which led to Merck’s development of Mectizan (ivermectin), a treatment for river blindness (also known as onchocerciasis) in Africa, Latin America and Yemen.

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Newest Victory in Onchocerciasis Elimination: Mexico!

29 September 2015
Newest Victory in Onchocerciasis Elimination: Mexico!

Please join The Mectizan Donation Program in congratulating the government of Mexico on the elimination of transmission of river blindness. Congratulations also to The Carter Center and its Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas for their support and dedication to help Mexico achieve this remarkable milestone as the 3rd country in the Americas to eliminate onchocerciasis.

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International Coalition Urges Final Push to Eliminate River Blindness from the Americas

29 September 2015
International Coalition Urges Final Push to Eliminate River Blindness from the Americas

Country efforts supported by a major public-private partnership—including The Carter Center/OEPA, PAHO/WHO, and Merck & Co., Inc.’s Mectizan Donation Program—bring the region closer to achieving the elimination goal by 2020. 

Resources and Tools

SAE Handbook (English, French, and Portuguese versions)

A Handbook for Managing Adverse Events Following Mass Drug Administration (AEs-f-MDA) and Serious Adverse Events (SAEs). ENVISION, April 2015.

A user-friendly, step-by-step approach for the management of AEs-f-MDA and the reporting of SAEs by managers of preventive chemotherapy programs.

WHO Guide

Water sanitation and hygiene for accelerating and sustaining progress on neglected tropical diseases A global strategy 2015-2020

Provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene is one of the five key interventions within the global NTD roadmap. This strategy aims to mobilise WASH and NTD actors to work together towards the roadmap targets.

Resources and Tools

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.”

News

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)