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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.


Ecuador verified free of onchocerciasis

30 September 2014

For Immediate Release: 30 September 2014

Contact: Joni Lawrence, Associate Director, Communications

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.


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.


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)


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.


MDP Congratulates Colombia for achieving verification of elimination of river blindness

29 July 2013
MDP Congratulates Colombia for achieving verification of elimination of river blindness

Contact: Joni Lawrence, Associate Director, Communications

The Mectizan Donation Program congratulates Colombia on its achievement as the first country to receive verification of elimination of river blindness from WHO.


Sightsavers distributes 250 millionth treatment

15 July 2013

A major step towards eliminating river blindness

On Monday 8 July, in Cameroon, Sightsavers made a major step towards our goal of eliminating river blindness by 2020 with the distribution of our 250 millionth Mectizan® treatment.

WHO Guide

Lymphatic Filariasis: Managing Morbidity and Preventing Disability

Guide on planning, implementing and monitoring activities at national level. This guide provides the best available information on managing morbidity and preventing disability after acute dermatolymphangioadenitis (ADLA; acute attacks), lymphoedema or elephantiasis, and hydrocoele.

WHO Guide

LF Entomology Manual

Practical handbook for national lymphatic filariasis (LF) elimination program managers, and for entomologists and parasitologists.

The handbook explains the importance of vector control in national programs, outlines entomological procedures for regular and specific vector control, and describes how data should be analysed for better overall understanding of filarial transmission and vectors.


Carter Center declares goal: river blindness elimination

10 July 2013


July 9, 2013 Contacts: Emily Staub, The Carter Center, Tele: +1-404-420-5126,

Carter Center Declares Goal: River Blindness Elimination

(En español) (Em português)

ATLANTA…The Carter Center announced today that it will no longer only control river blindness, but instead it will work with ministries of health to eliminate it in all 10 countries in Africa and Latin America in the areas where the Center fights the neglected disease.


World Health Assembly adopts resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases

28 May 2013

The World Health Assembly today adopted a resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases1. Representatives from 32 countries and six speakers from nongovernmental organizations took part in deliberations of resolution EB132.R7.