October 3, 2015
A coalition of organizations including the Carter Center, Pan American Health Organization/WHO, the CDC and Merck’s Mectizan Donation Program, are calling for the elimination of onchocerciasis, or river blindness, in the Western Hemisphere, according to a press release.
“Today, four of the six river blindness-endemic countries in the Americas have eliminated transmission of the disease, but I am not ready to celebrate until the task is complete,” former President Jimmy Carter, founder of The Carter Center, said in the release. “Now is not the time to be complacent. It is the time to increase our efforts.”