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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.


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.


BBC Article — Burkina Faso: Beating river blindness by fly-catching

07 May 2013

See full story on BBC’s website here:

Africa is beginning to win its battle against the parasitic river blindness infection, thanks in no small part to the painstaking work of villagers who catch the flies responsible for the disease.


WHO progress toward NTDs

29 January 2013

WHO’s Executive Board recommends resolution on 17 neglected tropical diseases

The 132nd Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO), meeting in Geneva, Switzerland today recommended to the 66th Health Assembly a resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases. 

2nd WHO Report on NTDs (8.29 MB)


First Report on the London Declaration on NTDs

The London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases, launched in January 2012, marked the beginning of a new, coordinated effort to accelerate progress toward eliminating or controlling 10 NTDs.

Annual Highlights

2012 Annual Highlights

The accomplishments of the Mectizan Donation Program in its 25th year.

AH2012WEB (703.48 KB)

Resources and Tools

TIPAC (Tool for Integrated Planning and Costing) – Multilingual Tool

The Tool for Integrated Planning and Costing, or TIPAC (pronounced “tee-pack”), is a Microsoft Excel– based program that helps users accurately estimate the costs and funding gaps of public health programs.

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Washington Post Op-ed on MDP’s 25 years by Bill Foege

26 November 2012

Global partners in fighting disease

By William Foege, Published: November 22

William Foege was director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1977 to 1983.


Mectizan Donation Program celebrates 25 years of partnership and progress

19 October 2012
Mectizan Donation Program celebrates 25 years of partnership and progress

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.