Recent studies funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and supported by Merck showed that adding ivermectin to the treatment regimen used in LF endemic countries where there is no river blindness
can accelerate the time needed to achieve elimination of LF.
The Reaching the Last Mile Fund aims to raise $100 million to fast-track ongoing efforts to end river blindness
and lymphatic filariasis in several countries in Africa and the Middle East.
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6m grant for developing a preventative vaccine for River Blindness
, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the disease from Sub-Saharan Africa.
The World Health Organization's (WHO) Roadmap on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) has targeted the elimination of river blindness
and LF, with NGOs having played a critical role in the broad partnership focused on achieving those targets.
To which anyone who has ever witnessed a person suffering the horrible effects of river blindness
or elephantiasis might well reply, "So what?
In Latin America, river blindness
for example is on its way out.
Two scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery of a drug being used to eradicate river blindness
Omura have helped many potential patients who would have suffered from river blindness
and lymphatic, mosquito-born diseases.
Campbell and Omura were cited for discovering avermectin, derivatives of which have helped lower the incidence of river blindness
and lymphatic filariasis, two diseases caused by parasitic worms that affect millions.
is an eye and skin disease that leads to blindness.
Irish-born Campbell and Japanese Omura won half of the prize for discovering a new drug, avermectin, that has helped the battle against river blindness
and lymphatic filariasis, as well as showing effectiveness against other parasitic diseases.
is transmitted through the bite of blackflies and is the second leading cause of infectious blindness worldwide.
Sicknesses covered include soil-transmitted helminth infections (such as hookworm infection), schistosomiasis (snail fever), tropical diseases that blind (such as river blindness
and trachoma), mycobacterial infections, kinetoplastic infections (such as sleeping sickness and chagas disease), dengue, rabies, and much more.
The Center organised different health campaigns in the past year to eradicate Dracunculiasis, also called Guinea worm disease, river blindness
, and Tranchoma.