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Onchocerciasis: The Beginning of the End
by Joni Lawrence and Yao K Sodahlon
International Health, Vol. 10, Issue suppl_1, 1 March 2018, Published: 19 February 2018
Thirty years ago, the concept that onchocerciasis could be eliminated worldwide was unthinkable. Today, we are on the road to seeing the end of this debilitating disease. Thanks to the efforts of a global partnership consisting of Merck & Co., the Mectizan Donation Program (MDP), endemic countries, bilateral funding agencies and the donor community, the World Health Organization (WHO), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and researchers, the disease is on the decline. In areas that have been under treatment the longest, the blindness, visual impairment, skin disease and itching caused by onchocerciasis is now increasingly rare.