Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Mectizan donation all year with our series of new videos. Third: The Challenge – How do we get treatments to the millions of people at risk, no matter where they live?
There’s a tiny fly whose bite transmits tiny worms that cause a big problem: onchocerciasis (river blindness). But we have a solution. A tiny pill that will end the problem forever if we can get it to the over 220 million people who need it. The Mectizan Donation Program works with country governments the World Health Organization and NGOs who train community members to distribute the drug at least once annually. It works! Today a number of Neglected Tropical Diseases follow this mass distribution model using other drugs, which empowers people to help themselves and their communities. Together we can Stamp Out Oncho!