Eradication of river blindness in Africa is feasible

Published on February 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM · No Comments

In this AlertNet opinion piece, Simon Bush, director of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) at Sightsavers, an international NGO helping people with visual impairments in developing countries, examines efforts to rid Africa of onchocerciasis -- a blinding NTD. "In 1947 when Sightsavers' founder, Sir John Wilson, coined the phrase river blindness to describe the almost unpronounceable disease, ... there was little choice for those living in areas where what we now call a neglected tropical disease was endemic," he writes, adding, "Today, although the World Health Organization estimates that 120 million people are at risk of river blindness, there is hope."

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