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How Nigeria is tackling river blindness – in pictures

Photo essay on treatment of onchocerciasis in Nigeria. Sightsavers, October 12, 2012.


Dr. Mauricio Sauerbrey receives 2012 Merck Mectizan Award

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.


MDP Celebrates 25 Years on World Sight Day

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.


25 Years of the Mectizan Donation Program

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.


Dr. Mauricio Sauerbrey profiled in Tulane publication

25 July 2012

Click here to read the original article.

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?

WHO Report

Provisional Strategy for Interrupting Lymphatic Filariasis Transmission in Loiasis-endemic Countries

Report of the Meeting on Lymphatic Filariasis, Malaria and Integrated Vector Management. WHO, March 5-9, 2012.

WHO Guide

Handbook for Integrated Vector Management (IVM)

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. 

WHO Guide

Core Structure for training curricula on Integrated Vector Management (IVM)

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.

WHO Guide

Assuring the safety of Preventive Chemotherapy Interventions for the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases

This document helps managers establish a safety surveillance system. It offers practical advice for establishing national policies and guidelines. WHO, 2012.

WHO Guide

Accelerating Work to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Roadmap for Implementation

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)) and developed in Working to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases (Geneva, World Health Organization, 2010 (WHO/HTM/NTD/2010.1)).


English album: Standard Entomology Field Techniques

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.


Dr. Bjorn Thylefors receives 2011 Merck Mectizan Award

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.

Scientific Publication

Guide for the detection of a Potential Recrudescence during the period of Post-Treatment Surveillance (Oncho)

This report describes the aims, phases, and methodology of Post-Treatment Surveillance as operationalized by the endemic countries and the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas.

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MEC Member Charles Mackenzie awarded Order of Australia honor

17 May 2012

For the full MSU press release visit:

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.


Onchocerciasis eliminated in Abu Hamad focus, Northern Sudan

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.


MDP Congratulates Colombia for its success eliminating onchocerciasis!

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



Dr. Charles Mackenzie in the New York Times on how Mectizan works

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.

WHO Guide

Monitoring and Epidemiological Assessment of Mass Drug Administration in the Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis: Transmission Assessment Survey (TAS) Guidelines, A Manual for National Elimination Programmes

This document focuses on updating procedures for monitoring and evaluation in line with the program’s first component: to interrupt transmission of LF through MDA.