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International Coalition Urges Final Push to Eliminate River Blindness from the Americas

29 September 2015
International Coalition Urges Final Push to Eliminate River Blindness from the Americas

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. 


PLOS NTDs Series on Controlling River Blindness in Africa

14 May 2015

Efforts to Control River Blindness in Africa are a Remarkable Success Story Building Upon the Strength of Diverse and Long Standing Public-Private-Partnerships

New World Bank Group/PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases series reviews how efforts to control river blindness have evolved over last 41 years

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.


Device May Aid Efforts to Control and Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases

14 May 2015

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.


Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease

04 February 2015

The Mectizan Donation Program is co-sponsoring an exhibit in partnership with The Carter Center and the American Museum of Natural History titled “Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease.”


Control, Eliminate, Eradicate A Disease: What’s The Difference?

14 January 2015

An article explaining the critical differences in controlling, eliminating, or eradicating a disease. NPR, January 14, 2015.


John J. Moores Sr. receives 2014 Merck Mectizan Award

20 November 2014

The Mectizan Donation Congratulates Mr. John J. Moores Sr. – recipient of the 2014 Merck Mectizan AwardJohn Moores

The Merck Mectizan Award is given to individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to fighting river blindness and/or lymphatic filariasis.


Ecuador verified free of onchocerciasis

30 September 2014

For Immediate Release: 30 September 2014

Contact: Joni Lawrence, Associate Director, Communications

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.


A Story From One of My Heroes

16 May 2014

Please enjoy this story of the formation of a coalition to fight onchocerciasis, as told by Dr. William Foege, founder of The Task Force for Global Health, to Bill Gates.


Watch live! Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Conversation on Progress

27 March 2014

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.


How to eliminate river blindness: lessons from Colombia

02 October 2013

From an article published in The Guardian written by OEPA’s Alba Lucia Morales

Colombia recently eliminated this neglected disease through health education and drugs.


MDP Congratulates Colombia for achieving verification of elimination of river blindness

29 July 2013
MDP Congratulates Colombia for achieving verification of elimination of river blindness

Contact: Joni Lawrence, Associate Director, Communications

The Mectizan Donation Program congratulates Colombia on its achievement as the first country to receive verification of elimination of river blindness from WHO.


Sightsavers distributes 250 millionth treatment

15 July 2013

A major step towards eliminating river blindness

On Monday 8 July, in Cameroon, Sightsavers made a major step towards our goal of eliminating river blindness by 2020 with the distribution of our 250 millionth Mectizan® treatment.


Carter Center declares goal: river blindness elimination

10 July 2013


July 9, 2013 Contacts: Emily Staub, The Carter Center, Tele: +1-404-420-5126,

Carter Center Declares Goal: River Blindness Elimination

(En español) (Em português)

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.


World Health Assembly adopts resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases

28 May 2013

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.


BBC Article — Burkina Faso: Beating river blindness by fly-catching

07 May 2013

See full story on BBC’s website here:

Africa is beginning to win its battle against the parasitic river blindness infection, thanks in no small part to the painstaking work of villagers who catch the flies responsible for the disease.


WHO progress toward NTDs

29 January 2013

WHO’s Executive Board recommends resolution on 17 neglected tropical diseases

The 132nd Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO), meeting in Geneva, Switzerland today recommended to the 66th Health Assembly a resolution on all 17 neglected tropical diseases. 

2nd WHO Report on NTDs (8.29 MB)


Washington Post Op-ed on MDP’s 25 years by Bill Foege

26 November 2012

Global partners in fighting disease

By William Foege, Published: November 22

William Foege was director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1977 to 1983.


Mectizan Donation Program celebrates 25 years of partnership and progress

19 October 2012
Mectizan Donation Program celebrates 25 years of partnership and progress

The Mectizan Donation Program (MDP) celebrated 25 years of partnership and progress in an Oct. 17 roundtable program at The Carter Center, one of the program’s partners in the fight against river blindness.


Dr. Mauricio Sauerbrey receives 2012 Merck Mectizan Award

11 October 2012

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Mauricio Sauerbrey is the recipient of the 2012 Merck Mectizan Award. Dr. Sauerbrey was selected for his outstanding dedication to the elimination of onchocerciasis from the Americas.