Mectizan Donation Program | Local power. Global Change.
MERCK A program at The Task Force for Global Health
Switch to French site


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. The Metema focus includes Alefa, Quarra, Chilga, Takusa, Tach Armachiho, and West Armachiho districts.

Beginning in 2018 over 1.1 million people in these districts will no longer need to take MDA. Press Release. Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Health.

RiverBlindness Ethiopia MOH PressRelease (60.40 KB)