Onchocerciasis: the beginning of the end

International Health
Volume 10, Issue suppl_1, 1 March 2018
Special Issue: Onchocerciasis: The Beginning of the End

Onchocerciasis: the beginning of the end
Joni Lawrence; Yao K Sodahlon
International Health, Volume 10, Issue suppl_1, 1 March 2018, Pages i1–i2, https://doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihx070
Thirty years ago, the concept that onchocerciasis could be eliminated worldwide was unthinkable. Today, we’re on the road to seeing the end of this debilitating disease. Thanks to the efforts of a global partnership consisting of MSD, also known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ USA, 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.