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Professor Stephen Hawking delivers keynote speech on NTDs

In his speech, Professor Hawking highlighted the work and legacy of his father, Dr Frank Hawking who, in the 1950s, was one of the first people to conduct research into and develop treatment for an NTD known as lymphatic filariasis (LF).

Resources and Tools

Transmission Assessment Survey Sample Builder

The Survey Sample Builder is a tool designed to help program managers with their Transmission Assessment Surveys. The SSB program can be used to automate the calculations for determining appropriate survey strategy.


Carter Center Slideshow | Neighbors Help Neighbors Combat River Blindness

08 January 2018

A slideshow highlighting a few of the thousands of volunteers trained as community-directed distributors for the River Blindness Elimination Program in Nigeria.


Story Map | Hope for a Healthy Nigeria

30 December 2017

Photo presentation on the work to eliminate river blindness in Nigeria. The Carter Center, 2017.

WHO Report

Towards universal coverage for preventive chemotherapy for Neglected Tropical Diseases: Guidance for assessing “who is being left behind and why”

WHO and partners are advancing the mainstreaming project Integrating a gender, equity and human rights focus into national programming on preventive chemotherapy and transmission (PCT) control for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) during 2016-2019.

WHO-FWC-17.3-eng (1.02 MB)

WHO Guide

PC Joint Application Package – version 3. What’s new?

The WHO Joint Application Package is submitted to WHO by countries applying for donated medicines for Mass Drug Administration to control and/or eliminate lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and soil transmitted helmthiasis.

WHO Guide

Guideline: Alternative mass drug administration regimens to eliminate lymphatic filariasis

WHO Guideline ‒ Alternative mass drug administration regimens to eliminate lymphatic filariasis. 2017.

Guideline Alternative MDA Regimens LF (1.53 MB)

WHO Report

Crossing the Billion: Preventive chemotherapy for neglected tropical diseases

Preventive chemotherapy – one of the interventions deployed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat at least five Neglected Tropical Diseases – involves administering six medicines in seven different combinations, making it possible to treat more than one disease at a time.

Crossing the Billion (11.52 MB)

WHO Report

Water, sanitation and hygiene to combat neglected tropical diseases: Initial lessons from project implementation

This paper compiles examples from eighteen countries to summarize emerging successes and challenges in the coordination of WASH and NTD programmes.

WHO-FWC-WSH-17.02-eng (699.02 KB)


Sightsavers documents the billionth treatment for river blindness: a photo essay published in The Guardian

12 December 2017

Please enjoy this article and photo essay published in The Guardian commemorating Sightsavers’ billionth treatment with Mectizan® for river blindness.


How Plateau, Nasarawa States eliminated Lymphatic filariasis

28 November 2017

An article on Nigeria’s fight to eliminate one of the most debilitating NTDs in the world. Vanguard Media Limited, November 28, 2017.


Q&A: What needs to be done to eliminate river blindness in Africa

16 November 2017

Question & Answer interview of Frank O. Richards, who directs the Carter Center’s river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, and malaria programs.


New $100M fund to eradicate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis

15 November 2017

Enjoy this article on a $100 million fund launched by Abu Dhabi’s crown prince and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eliminate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis from key countries in Africa and the Middle East.


River blindness: shifting from prevention to surveillance and elimination

12 November 2017

Enjoy this news article covering how the world is benefiting from years of painstaking work, mainly of villagers and volunteers, to eliminate river blindness (onchocerciasis), a parasitic infection transmitted by repeated bites of the black fly which breeds in fast-flowing waters.