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Resources and Tools

Preventive Chemotherapy (PC) Data Portal

The Preventive Chemotherapy (PC) Data Portal provides access to data from the WHO’s PCT Databank for 4 key indicators (Population Requiring Preventive Chemotherapy (PCT), Population Receiving PCT, Coverage, and Comparative Performance) across the 5 PCT NTDs (Lymphatic Filariasis, Onchocerciasis, Schistosomiasis, Soil-Transmitted Helminths, and Trachoma).

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River Blindness Life Cycle

River Blindness Life Cycle. Sources: WHO/ CDC; Map:The Carter Center.

 

Videos

Series “For As Long As It’s Needed” Video 4: Community Approach

Fourth in a series of five documentary videos exploring the history and impact of the Mectizan Donation Program.

Resources and Tools

Preventive Chemotherapy Databank

The PCT Databank presents historical data as reported to WHO. This tool is designed to empower users to leverage their familiarity with Excel and the simplicity of the Global Health Observatory (GHO) to rapidly construct summaries that can be shared as they are viewed.

Videos

Series “For As Long As It’s Needed” Video 5: Current Statistics

Fifth and final in a series of five documentary videos exploring the history and impact of the Mectizan Donation Program.

News

Measuring up to a billion treatments: Sightsavers and partners have reached a historic milestone in the fight against neglected tropical diseases

12 April 2018

Enjoy this article on the billionth treatment for river blindness and lymphatic filariasis provided by Sightsavers and partners.

News

Faces of River Blindness: Kisanchi Village. Carter Center Slideshow

23 March 2018

The Carter Center and partners are working with Nigeria’s Ministry of Health to eliminate river blindness in nine of the country’s states, including Plateau, where Kisanchi is located.

Scientific Publication

Cross-border issues: an important component of onchocerciasis elimination programmes

Article on the importance of cross-border issues in onchocerciasis elimination programmes. Bush, Sodahlon, Downs and Mackenzie, International Health, Volume 10, Issue suppl_1, 1 March 2018, Pages i54–i59.

Scientific Publication

Alternative treatment strategies to accelerate the elimination of onchocerciasis

Article on the use of alternative (or complementary) treatment strategies (ATSs) to accelerate the elimination of onchocerciasis. Boussinesq et al., International Health, Volume 10, Issue suppl_1, 1 March 2018, Pages i40–i48.

Scientific Publication

After 70 years of fighting an age-old scourge, onchocerciasis in Uganda, the end is in sight

Article on eliminating onchocercias as a public health problem in Uganda. Katabarwa et al, International Health, Volume 10, Issue suppl_1, 1 March 2018, Pages i79–i88.

Scientific Publication

Diagnostics for onchocerciasis in the era of elimination

A review summarizing the progress made in identifying diagnostics that meet the specialized requirements needed to verify onchocerciasis elimination, as well as a discussion of why these tests were selected and a summary of the needs that still exist to complete the arsenal of diagnostic tools that will be useful as the goal of elimination is achieved. 

Scientific Publication

Establishing quality assured (QA) laboratory support for onchocerciasis elimination in Africa

Article on the acquisition of quality-assured (QA) data that ultimately define the absence of infection or transmission of onchocerciasis in previously endemic areas in Africa.