19 October 2012
The Mectizan Donation Program (MDP) celebrated 25 years of partnership and progress in an Oct. 17 roundtable program at The Carter Center, one of the program’s partners in the fight against river blindness.
Photo essay on treatment of onchocerciasis in Nigeria. Sightsavers, October 12, 2012.
11 October 2012
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Mauricio Sauerbrey is the recipient of the 2012 Merck Mectizan Award. Dr. Sauerbrey was selected for his outstanding dedication to the elimination of onchocerciasis from the Americas.
03 October 2012
On 11 October 2012, the Mectizan Donation Program will celebrate 25 years of the Mectizan Donation Program in London. The evening will include a panel discussion on Disease Elimination in the 21st Century, followed by a reception.
06 September 2012
2012 marks twenty five years since Merck announced the donation of Mectizan for river blindness control.
Before Mectizan, the only intervention for river blindness was vector control by larvaciding rivers where the black flies that cause the disease breed.
25 July 2012
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Elimination in Sight
Alumnus Maurcio Sauerbrey leads the effort to end River Blindness in the Americas
What do you do when you have significantly reduced malaria transmission rates in your home country?
of the Meeting on Lymphatic Filariasis, Malaria and Integrated Vector Management. WHO, March 5-9, 2012.
The intention of this handbook on integrated vector management (IVM) is to provide guidance to the managers of vector-borne disease control programs, including comparable officials in health and other sectors involved in vector-borne disease control.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for WHO regions preparing their own training curriculum for integrated vector management (IVM); it should be adapted to the requirements and conditions of each region.
This document helps managers establish a safety surveillance system. It offers practical advice for establishing national policies and guidelines. WHO, 2012.
The purpose of this roadmap is to guide implementation of the policies and strategies set out in the Global Plan to combat neglected tropical diseases 2008–2015 (Geneva, World Health Organization, 2007 (WHO/CDS/NTD/2007.3))
This collection of videos is part of a series of training materials developed to support country capacity strengthening for entomological monitoring to control malaria and other mosquito-borne disease.
31 May 2012
The Mectizan Donation Program would like to congratulate Dr. Bjӧrn Thylefors – recipient of the 2011 Merck Mectizan Award. Dr. Thylefors received his award from Ms.
17 May 2012
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A Michigan State University veterinary professor and member of the African Studies Center has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his work to improve the lives of millions of people with debilitating diseases and his contributions toward eliminating the ailments in many parts of the world.
03 May 2012
The Sudan Federal Ministry of Health’s National Program for Prevention of Blindness issued a press release announcing the interruption of transmission of onchocerciasis (river blindness) in Abu Hamad focus, River Nile State.
22 November 2011
Press Release: Merck and Partners Make Progress In Long-Term Commitment to End River Blindness
Colombia to Request Certification by the World Health Organization of Historic Elimination of River Blindness
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.
16 November 2011
In a study published online in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Charles Mackenzie and colleagues found that Ivermectin works, not by killing the worms directly, but by binding to proteins secreted by microfilariae that invade the host’s immune system.