Guatemala Eliminates Onchocerciasis Through Public-Private Partnerships; Disease Remains Endemic In Areas Of South America, Africa

Humanosphere: Eradicating river blindness in Guatemala scratches the surface of a global problem
Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses Guatemala’s successful efforts to eliminate onchocerciasis, or river blindness, writing that the country’s progress “only scratches the surface of the effort to eradicate the neglected tropical disease worldwide.” Nikolau notes, “In the Americas, the current progress is largely due to elimination efforts by the Carter Center’s Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas, the Mectizan Donation Program from the pharmaceutical company Merck, and ongoing efforts by the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization…” (10/6).