Trying to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, or “big foot,” from a country is like trying to permanently rid your garden of invasive plants and weeds.
November 30, 2017
Human onchocerciasis (oncho), or river blindness, is a disease caused by Onchocerca volvulus, a parasitic microscopic worm transmitted by black flies (called Simulium), that affects the skin and eye, and can end in irreversible blindness. The disease is known as ‘river blindness’ because the vector (black flies or Simulium) are insects that breed in fast-flowing
November 1, 2017
In 2017, END in Africa Project Director Bolivar Pou visited Ghana with three goals in mind: (1) reviewing progress toward neglected tropical disease (NTD) control and elimination in Ghana with staff from the national NTD program and FHI 360 (FHI 360 is the implementing agency in Ghana for the END in Africa project); (2) identifying
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Through the work of its END in Africa and END in Asia programs, FHI 360 is advancing USAID's goal of contributing to the global elimination of NTD by reducing prevalence of seven diseases—lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), onchocerciasis (river blindness), schistosomiasis (snail fever), trachoma (blinding eye infection) and three soil-transmitted helminths (hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm).