Through the MDP, established by Merck in 1987, Merck donates MECTIZAN (ivermectin) for onchocerciasis (river blindness
) in all affected areas (Latin America, Africa, Yemen) and for LF in African countries where it co-exists with river blindness
8 million) fund in Abu Dhabi to end river blindness
and lymphatic filariasis, two preventable infectious diseases that occur across Africa and the Middle East.
The aim of this 10-year Fund is to support the elimination of two debilitating and preventable neglected diseases: river blindness
(onchocerciasis) and lymphatic filariasis (which can lead to elephantiasis).
A major objective of the fund is to fast-track ongoing efforts to end river blindness
and lymphatic filariasis in several countries in Africa and the Middle East.
In 1987, 20 million people across the world were plagued by a debilitating, painful and potentially blinding disease called river blindness
Matshidiso Moeti, said that KFAED was among the first institutions that joined the programs to fight the marginalized tropical diseases since launching the African scheme to control and eliminate river blindness
6m grant for developing preventative vaccine for River Blindness
, with plans for first-in-human trials by 2020
Onchocerciasis, or river blindness
, is an infectious disease endemic in 31 sub-Saharan African countries, which is estimated to have infected 26 million people.
Biopharmaceutical company Merck, known as MSD outside the US and Canada, on Thursday declared a USD300,000 cash donation to support non-governmental organization (NGO) partners working in Africa to eliminate river blindness
(onchocerciasis) and lymphatic filariasis (LF).
6 million children of school age are given treatment to eradicate intestinal worms and diseases such as schistosomiasis (also known as snail fever), soil-transmitted helminths (STH), river blindness
(onchocerciasis), lymphatic filariasis (LF) and trachoma.
The data could also be used to support regional control and elimination strategies for other infectious diseases, for example, Schistosomiasis (snail fever), River Blindness
, HIV, Dengue and Yellow Fever, said the paper published in the journal Scientific Data.
Ivermectin, an antifilarial drug, is the essential tool in eradicating river blindness
from the developing world.