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Lymphatic Filariasis Eliminated in Malawi

28 October 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in this week’s WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record that Malawi has been validated to have eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.


Press release: Throwback 1987 Article, Featuring Merck’s Announcement to Distribute Mectizan!

02 March 2020

Check out this 30+ year old article, reporting when Merck announced its decision to distribute Mectizan to countries that need it.


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.


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.


Neglected tropical diseases slowing down Kenya growth

07 February 2018

Article, Business Daily, February 7, 2018.


A 2016 study shows the country can save over Sh193bn by 2030 through elimination of trachoma, bilharzia, elephantiasis, and intestinal worms.


River Blindness Transmission Interrupted in cross border Metema Focus, Amhara Regional State, Ethiopia

31 January 2018

Five years after the policy change from river blindness control to elimination, the Ministry of Health would like to announce the interruption of transmission in the Metema river blindness focus in Amhara Regional State. 

RiverBlindness Ethiopia MOH PressRelease (60.40 KB)


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.


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.


WHO recommends triple drug therapy to accelerate global elimination of lymphatic filariasis

03 November 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending an alternative three drug treatment to accelerate the global elimination of lymphatic filariasis – a disabling and disfiguring neglected tropical disease.