World Sight Day 2012
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CBM marks World Sight Day 2012 by celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Mectizan Donation Program. This programme is a global success story, allowing more than 60 million people per year to be treated for river blindness (onchocerciasis), a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) and the world’s second leading infectious cause of blindness.
25 years of Mectizan for river blindness control
As part of this celebration, CBM President Professor Allen Foster will take part in a panel discussion on 'Disease Elimination in the 21st Century' at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Mike Davies (CBM UK) will also attend this event, where former President of Ghana Mr John Kufour will deliver a keynote speech.
This programme is an unparalleled success story in terms of the number of people who have benefited and the level of cooperation demonstrated by Merck, UN agencies, NGDOs (Non-Governmental Development Organisations), governments and communities of endemic countries.
As part of this programme CBM, together with its partners, treated more than 15 million people for river blindness in 2011.
In the beginning, she had itching on her arms and legs, but as a result of regular medication from CBM she no longer has these symptoms. Unfortunately however, the treatment was too late to save her eyesight.
Batakabiswe (right, with her child) is Lupetu's daughter. She has no symptoms of river blindness and takes Mectizan as a preventative. Read more on the CBM UK website.
The play depicts the necessity of a concerted effort of the health personnel, the community distributor and community members when tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Here, the health workers are those with aprons, the community distributor holds the white 'dose pole' and a package of the drug Mectizan. The lady behind the the green bucket displays the nuisance of the black fly vector of onchocerciasis as well as the intense skin itching that is one of the symptoms of infection.
- The Mectizan Donation Program
- International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
- VISION 2020 - the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness
- World Sight Day (on the WHO website)
- 10 facts about visual impairment (WHO)