River Blindness has plagued 10-year-old Wajir’s area for generations.
When children like her head down to the river, flies bite them, and the larvae make their way into their body, finally to their eyes, causing irreversible blindness… but you can put an end to it… today!
Mectizan is a powerful, and inexpensive medication. It’s also incredibly effective, ensuring that anyone who takes will be safe from River Blindness FOREVER.
The idea of River Blindness eradication is not a pipe dream; it’s a very realisable goal. In fact, worldwide efforts – in which CBM plays a role – have successfully eliminated River Blindness transmission from three nations in Latin America: Colombia in 2013, Ecuador in 2014 and Guatemala in 2016.
In Africa, we have a tougher job, because the coverage areas are much larger, but we are still seeing remarkable success.
Transmission has been interrupted in Senegal and Mali; Uganda and Sudan are potentially close to elimination. In short, the evidence shows that mass distribution of Mectizan through your support of eradicating River Blindness, has saved countless people from blindness. More crucially, it is our only real hope of wiping out this horrific disease for good.
Mass distribution of Mectizan is the heart and soul of our success so far. Without donors like you, which pay for that mass distribution, hundreds of millions of people all over the world would still be at risk of River Blindness, and tens of millions would be living with irreversible blindness.
An infected fly bites a child when she goes to the river one day.
As the fly feeds, a microscopic worm larvae pass into her wound.
Inside the child’s skin tissue, the larvae grow and develop into mature worms, which cluster in dense nodules under the skin.
The adult worms mate and breed, producing 1,000 of juvenile offspring every day.
The juvenile worms migrate through the child’s body, causing a multitude of horrendous symptoms: rashes, intense itching, thickened and discoloured skin called “elephant skin” and finally irreversible blindness.
Your generous gift today pays for the transportation and distribution of sight-saving Mectizan through our network to a child who urgently needs it.
The very first doe of Mectizan you bring her kills the microfiliariae in her system, relieving her of some of the nastiest symptoms.
To prevent reinfection, continuous doses are required once or twice a year for 10-15 years. During this stage the cycle of reinfection is broken.
After 10-15 years, thanks to you, this child is now safe from the agony of River Blindness, and she has a brighter, better future ahead of her.