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.
Country efforts supported by a major public-private partnership—including The Carter Center/OEPA, PAHO/WHO, and Merck & Co., Inc.’s Mectizan Donation Program—bring the region closer to achieving the elimination goal by 2020.
May 14, 2015—On May 14, 2015, the World Bank Group and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases launches a collection of peer-reviewed articles on the history and success of the control of river blindness (onchocerciasis) in Africa that started with the Onchocerciasis Control Program (OCP) in 1974 and transitioned into the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) in 1995.
Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues have developed a mobile phone microscope to measure blood levels of the parasitic filarial worm Loa loa.
The Mectizan Donation Program congratulates Ecuador on becoming the second country to achieve verification of elimination of river blindness
DECATUR, GA USA — 30 September 2014 – The Mectizan Donation Program congratulates President Rafael Correa, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health, The Carter Center and its Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas, and the Pan American Health Organization on the announcement that Ecuador has been verified by the World Health Organization as the second country to eliminate river blindness, one of the leading causes of preventable blindness worldwide.
On April 2, the United to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Conversation on Progress webcast and live Q&A will be broadcast live from Institut Pasteur in Paris from 18:00 – 19:30 Central European Time/12:00 – 13:30 Eastern Standard Time.
ATLANTA…The Carter Center announced today that it will no longer only control river blindness, but instead it will work with ministries of health to eliminate it in all 10 countries in Africa and Latin America in the areas where the Center fights the neglected disease.
The World Health Assembly today adopted a resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases1. Representatives from 32 countries and six speakers from nongovernmental organizations took part in deliberations of resolution EB132.R7.