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River blindness News

New drive to eliminate trachoma blindness

The campaign to eliminate the bacterial blindness disease trachoma has received a boost with a $11.7 million donate from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The funding, for research, will be handled by The Carter Center among other bodies.

A step towards eliminating river blindness parasite

River blindness remains a major concern for parts of the world, especially in Africa and Latin America where up to 37 million people are infected. The disease causes eye and skin diseases. A new study offers a clue for eradication of the disease.

Guatemala eliminates river blindness

Guatemala has become the fourth country in the Americas to eliminate river blindness disease. The announcement represents tough action by national and international bodies.

Mexico eliminates river blindness disease

Mexico has announced that onchocerciasis (river blindness)has been eliminated within its borders. The claim has been verified by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Colombia first country in the world to banish ‘river blindness’

The World Health Organization has confirmed Colombia as the first country in the world having eliminated Onchocerciasis (river blindness), a neglected tropical disease which infects approximately 37 million people in 35 countries worldwide.

River Blindness Parasite Now Drug Resistant

For the past 20 years, there have been efforts made to control the spread of onchocerciasis, or river blindness in African communities. Recently, it's been discovered that this parasite has become drug resistant, and may end up being a major scourge.
 

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