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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.


MDP Celebrates 25 Years on World Sight Day

03 October 2012

On 11 October 2012, the Mectizan Donation Program will celebrate 25 years of the Mectizan Donation Program in London. The evening will include a panel discussion on Disease Elimination in the 21st Century, followed by a reception.


25 Years of the Mectizan Donation Program

06 September 2012

2012 marks twenty five years since Merck announced the donation of Mectizan for river blindness control.

Before Mectizan, the only intervention for river blindness was vector control by larvaciding rivers where the black flies that cause the disease breed.


Dr. Mauricio Sauerbrey profiled in Tulane publication

25 July 2012

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Elimination in Sight

Alumnus Maurcio Sauerbrey leads the effort to end River Blindness in the Americas

What do you do when you have significantly reduced malaria transmission rates in your home country?


Dr. Bjorn Thylefors receives 2011 Merck Mectizan Award

31 May 2012

The Mectizan Donation Program would like to congratulate Dr. Bjӧrn Thylefors – recipient of the 2011 Merck Mectizan Award. Dr. Thylefors received his award from Ms.


MEC Member Charles Mackenzie awarded Order of Australia honor

17 May 2012

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A Michigan State University veterinary professor and member of the African Studies Center has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his work to improve the lives of millions of people with debilitating diseases and his contributions toward eliminating the ailments in many parts of the world.


Onchocerciasis eliminated in Abu Hamad focus, Northern Sudan

03 May 2012

The Sudan Federal Ministry of Health’s National Program for Prevention of Blindness issued a press release announcing the interruption of transmission of onchocerciasis (river blindness) in Abu Hamad focus, River Nile State.


MDP Congratulates Colombia for its success eliminating onchocerciasis!

22 November 2011

Press Release: Merck and Partners Make Progress In Long-Term Commitment to End River Blindness

Colombia to Request Certification by the World Health Organization of Historic Elimination of River Blindness



Dr. Charles Mackenzie in the New York Times on how Mectizan works

16 November 2011

In a study published online in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Charles Mackenzie and colleagues found that Ivermectin works, not by killing the worms directly, but by binding to proteins secreted by microfilariae that invade the host’s immune system.


MDP Director, Dr. Adrian Hopkins, awarded the John Holt Medal

10 May 2010

Award of John Holt Medal marks distinguished career of Dr. Adrian Hopkins

On 6 May 2010, Dr. Adrian Hopkins received the John Holt Medal, an honor awarded to distinguished alumni of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine’s (LSTM) Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.


Ecuador becomes Second Country in the Americas to Halt River Blindness Transmission

08 March 2010

Ecuador Becomes Second Country in the Americas to Halt River Blindness Transmission: Carter Center Hails Major Step Forward in Campaign to Rid Americas of Parasitic Infection by 2012; Urges Intensified Efforts in the Four Remaining Endemic Countries

ATLANTA…Carter Center experts congratulate the people of Ecuador for breaking transmission of the blinding parasitic disease river blindness, or onchocerciasis.


Dr. Ed Cupp receives the 2009 Merck Mectizan Award

04 November 2009

Merck & Co., Inc.* and the Mectizan Donation Program are pleased to announce that Dr. Ed Cupp is the recipient of the 2009 Merck Mectizan Award.


Helen Keller International wins AGFUND award for sustainable control of onchocerciasis

13 October 2009

HKI accepts first prize for preventing blindness

October 13, 2009, Istanbul, Turkey – Helen Keller International (HKI), represented by Shawn Baker, Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, attended the Arab Gulf Program for United Nations Development Organizations’ (AGFUND) ceremony to honor the recipients of its annual International Prize for Pioneering Development Projects.


Community-drug distribution in Tanzania featured in US national televised report featuring Dr. Uche Amazigo

17 September 2009

Click on the link below to download an MP3 or view the transcript. APOC Director, Dr. Uche Amazigo, and former MEC member, Grace Saguti are featured on a televised report about NTDs and community-drug distributors in Tanzania.