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Cruzada contra el mal de la pata de elefante (Espanol)

03 May 2017

An article on the global alliance working to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (Espanol). El Pais, May 3, 2017.

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A global attack on long-neglected tropical diseases is succeeding

27 April 2017

An article on how donors and drug firms are co-operating to defeat ancient plagues. The Economist, April 27, 2017.

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Tanzania: Fighting Neglected Diseases ‘Means Uplifting Livelihoods’

19 April 2017

An article published on one of Tanzania’s leading English-language news sites, exploring the concept that eliminating NTDs should be focused on economically disadvantaged populations.

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Scientists May Have Solved The Mystery Of Nodding Syndrome

15 February 2017

Explore this article on the link between efforts to eliminate river blindness and the potential to reduce a mysterious and rare form of epilepsy.

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Unsung Saviors: Decatur’s Task Force for Global Health is helping eliminate horrific diseases

30 January 2017

Article on The Task Force for Global Health: “You’ve heard of the CDC, but you probably didn’t know about this under-the-radar nonprofit.” Atlanta Magazine, January 2017.

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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.

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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). 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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How Worm Warriors Are Beating An Unbeatable Worm

11 August 2016

Article about “breaking the life cycle” of onchocerca volvulu, the parasitic worm that causes onchocerciasis, commonly called river blindness. NPR, August 11, 2016.

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Dr. Tony Ukety receives the 2016 Mectizan Award

12 May 2016
Dr. Tony Ukety receives the 2016 Mectizan Award

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Tony Ukety, former Coordinator for the Onchocerciasis Elimination NGDO Group was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Mectizan Award. 

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Dr. Adrian Hopkins Receives Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmad Al Saud Prevention of Blindness Award

10 May 2016
Dr. Adrian Hopkins Receives Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmad Al Saud Prevention of Blindness Award

Top: Dr. Adrian Hopkins receives Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmad Al Saud Prevention of Blindness Award in Bahrain from the President of the Middle East Africa Council on Opthalmology, Ahmed Abdulla Ahmed

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Merck & Co., Inc. and the Mectizan Donation Program Donate $1 Million to the END Fund for Efforts to Help Eliminate River Blindness in Africa

04 May 2016

Merck & Co., Inc. and the MDP Donate $1 Million to the END Fund to Help Eliminate River Blindness in Africa

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The Story Behind The River Blindness Story: Itching, Weeding, Snipping

16 January 2016

NPR’s Jason Beaubien is interviewed regarding his journey to Ghana, where yearly doses of ivermectin have dramatically reduced the scourge of river blindness, a disease caused by parasitic worms that can rob people of their sight.

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What A Difference A Drug Makes In The Fight Against River Blindness

12 January 2016

An article describing the importance of and complexity in distributing ivermectin annually to people affected by onchocerciasis. NPR, January 14, 2016.

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Merck & Co., Inc. and The Mectizan Donation Program Congratulate Awardees of 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for Discovery Leading to River Blindness Treatment

05 October 2015
Merck & Co., Inc. and The Mectizan Donation Program Congratulate Awardees of 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for Discovery Leading to River Blindness Treatment

KENILWORTH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, proudly congratulates William C. Campbell (pictured/Reuters/Brian Snyder), a retired scientist from Merck Research Laboratories, who was jointly named the 2015 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine with Satoshi Omura for the discovery of avermectin, which led to Merck’s development of Mectizan (ivermectin), a treatment for river blindness (also known as onchocerciasis) in Africa, Latin America and Yemen.

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Newest Victory in Onchocerciasis Elimination: Mexico!

29 September 2015
Newest Victory in Onchocerciasis Elimination: Mexico!

Please join The Mectizan Donation Program in congratulating the government of Mexico on the elimination of transmission of river blindness. Congratulations also to The Carter Center and its Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas for their support and dedication to help Mexico achieve this remarkable milestone as the 3rd country in the Americas to eliminate onchocerciasis.