Two scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery of a drug being used to eradicate river blindness
Irish-born William Campbell and Japan's Satoshi Omura won half of the prize for discovering avermectin, a derivative of which has been used to treat hundreds of millions of people with river blindness
and lymphatic filariasis, or elephantiasis.
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.
The Global Health Investment Fund (GHIF) and Medicines Development for Global Health (Medicines Development) announced today a 10 million USD program for the registration of moxidectin for the treatment of river blindness
Ailments such as intestinal worms, river blindness
and elephantiasis are classed as "neglected tropical diseases" (NTDs), and the most affected people are those living in distant rural areas or slums.
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.
The US former President pointed out that his visit to Sudan comes in the context of the health programs concerning combating Guinean Worm , river blindness
and trachoma diseases besides following up training of health cadres in Sudan .