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Disease elimination and eradication: are our silos sustainable?

21 December 2016

“Progress has been made in every area that makes disease elimination and eradication possible — from diagnosis and treatment to mapping and modelling.


2015 Merck Mectizan Award given to Dr Laurent Yaméogo

21 November 2016

On behalf of Merck & Co., Inc.* and the Mectizan Donation Program, we are delighted to announce that Dr. Laurent Yaméogo was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Merck Mectizan Award in recognition of his contributions to the elimination of onchocerciasis (river blindness). 

Resources and Tools

Job Aid: Calculating Coverage (English and French versions)

This job aid (provided in English and French versions below) addresses how to calculate different types of coverage – geographical, epidemiological, program, and national.

Resources and Tools

IEC and Social Mobilization NTD Tool Kit (French version)

Ce guide propose aux utilisateurs de suivre, étape par étape, le processus à mettre en place afin depouvoir systématiquement et stratégiquement revoir, réviser, développer, adapter les documents et les autres outils IEC ainsi que les approches autour de la mobilisation sociale.

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Resources and Tools

IEC and Social Mobilization NTD Tool Kit

The IEC and Social Mobilization NTD Tool Kit helps NTD programs ensure that they are using strategic and effective communication and social mobilization strategies as part of their activities.

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WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record

Ensuring the timely supply and management of medicines for preventive chemotherapy against neglected tropical diseases

Progress towards eliminating onchocerciasis in the WHO Region of the Americas: verification of elimination of transmission in Guatemala (page 501), World Epidemiological Record, 2015–2016.

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Uganda: Onchocerciasis-river blindness along the Agogo

20 October 2016

An article discussing how transmission of disease occurs in only 9 of 36 Ugandan districts since eradication efforts began. Al Jazeera, October 20, 2016.


Africa eye war waged on river blindness

12 October 2016

Article covering the continued need for ivermectin (Mectizan®) to treat onchocerciasis. The Financial Times, October 12, 2016.

Resources and Tools

Health Systems Strengthening for the Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Strong national health systems will be critical to ensure progress towards NTD control and elimination not only accelerates but is sustainable.

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MDA Preferred Practices

An evidence-based practical guide for an effective mass drug administration program. ENVISION, September 2016.

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MDA Preferred Practices (French version)

Un guide pratique fondé sur des preuves pour un programme d’administration traitement de masse efficace. ENVISION, September 2016.

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Guatemala is the fourth country to eliminate river blindness!

29 September 2016
Guatemala is the fourth country to eliminate river blindness!

Guatemala is the fourth country to eliminate river blindness! In a statement from Merck & Co., Inc. (known as MSD outside North America) Merck chairman and CEO Kenneth C.

Resources and Tools

Job Aid Packet: Serious Adverse Events (English and French versions)

This packet of job aids (provided in English and French versions below) assists in preparing for and managing adverse and serious adverse events (SAEs).


Announcing changes to MDP leadership

02 September 2016

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Yao Sodahlon, MD, MSc, will become the next Director of the Mectizan Donation Program (MDP), beginning on October 17, 2016. 

Resources and Tools

Job Aid: Disease-specific Assessments for Lymphatic Filariasis

Job aid in English and French versions (see below). ENVISION, August 2016.