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WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record

WER Report from the 2009 IACO: progress towards eliminating river blindness in the Americas

The InterAmerican Conference on Onchocerciasis is an annual event where stakeholders in the elimination programme’s regional initiative can present information on progress and discuss challenges.

WHO Guide

Monitoring Drug Coverage for Preventive Chemotherapy

First in a series of manuals covering crucial aspects of monitoring and evaluation. Public health interventions using preventive chemotherapy to control neglected tropical diseases(NTDs) depend on people in endemic areas receiving the medicines or drugs they need in the places where they live, at appropriate regular intervals.


MDP Director, Dr. Adrian Hopkins, awarded the John Holt Medal

10 May 2010

Award of John Holt Medal marks distinguished career of Dr. Adrian Hopkins

On 6 May 2010, Dr. Adrian Hopkins received the John Holt Medal, an honor awarded to distinguished alumni of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s (LSTM) Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.


Ecuador becomes Second Country in the Americas to Halt River Blindness Transmission

08 March 2010

Ecuador Becomes Second Country in the Americas to Halt River Blindness Transmission: Carter Center Hails Major Step Forward in Campaign to Rid Americas of Parasitic Infection by 2012; Urges Intensified Efforts in the Four Remaining Endemic Countries

ATLANTA…Carter Center experts congratulate the people of Ecuador for breaking transmission of the blinding parasitic disease river blindness, or onchocerciasis.


Dr. Ed Cupp receives the 2009 Merck Mectizan Award

04 November 2009

Merck & Co., Inc.* and the Mectizan Donation Program are pleased to announce that Dr. Ed Cupp is the recipient of the 2009 Merck Mectizan Award.


Helen Keller International wins AGFUND award for sustainable control of onchocerciasis

13 October 2009

HKI accepts first prize for preventing blindness

October 13, 2009, Istanbul, Turkey – Helen Keller International (HKI), represented by Shawn Baker, Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, attended the Arab Gulf Program for United Nations Development Organizations’ (AGFUND) ceremony to honor the recipients of its annual International Prize for Pioneering Development Projects.


Community-drug distribution in Tanzania featured in US national televised report featuring Dr. Uche Amazigo

17 September 2009

Click on the link below to download an MP3 or view the transcript. APOC Director, Dr. Uche Amazigo, and former MEC member, Grace Saguti are featured on a televised report about NTDs and community-drug distributors in Tanzania.

The sharp end — experiences from the Tanzanian programme for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis: notes from the end of the road

This article provides an insight of how the Tanzania Lymphatic Filariasis Programme began and discusses key areas in the programme’s design.

Scientific Publication

The Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis: health impact during its first 8 years (2000–2007)

Abstract on the first 8 years of The Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis. Hooper et al, Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology, Volume 103, 2009 – Issue sup1.

Scientific Publication

The development of albendazole for lymphatic filariasis

This review examines the thinking and the processes behind the development of albendazole, from the first ideas in the mid 1980s to the establishment of the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis.

Scientific Publication

Ten years of managing the clinical manifestations and disabilities of lymphatic filariasis

Abstract on progress made in preventing the disability of lymphatic filariasis, the monitoring and evaluation of such disability and its control, and the integration of disability prevention with mass drug administrations and efforts to control other disabling diseases.

Scientific Publication

Lymphatic filariasis: patients and the global elimination programme

Abstract addressing the central role that filariasis patients have played in the Tanzania Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Programme to date, and covering some of the clinical successes achieved between 1999 and 2009.

Scientific Publication

GlaxoSmithKline and Merck: private-sector collaboration for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis

Abstract on the unique private-sector collaboration of the pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A.,* to support the global efforts to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, through donations of drugs to prevent the disease.

Scientific Publication

Challenges for the integration of mass drug administrations against multiple ‘neglected tropical diseases’

Abstract on the integration of mass drug administrations against multiple NTDs. Hopkins, Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology, Volume 103, 2009 – Issue sup1.

Scientific Publication

A decade of ivermectin–albendazole donation for lymphatic filariasis

Article on a symposium held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the donation of Mectizan® and albendazole for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis.

Resources and Tools

Status of onchocerciasis in APOC countries

The map shown results from rapid epidemiological mapping of onchocerciasis, which enabled the national onchocerciasis task forces to put together national plans and project proposals for onchocerciasis control.

Scientific Publication

Vision 2020 – the Right to Sight

Abstract on the partnership launched in 1999 between the World Health Organization’s Programme for the Prevention of Blindness and Deafness and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness for onchocerciasis control.

Scientific Publication

The World Bank

Abstract on the role of the World Bank in supporting the global partnership dedicated to the control of onchocerciasis. Bangoura, Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, 2008 Sep; 102 Suppl 1:31-3.