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"Antibiotics with an efficacy spectrum that specifically targets these bacteria are therefore a chance to permanently prevent the transmission of river blindness," said Prof.
The Reaching the Last Mile Fund aims to raise $100 million to fast-track ongoing efforts to end river blindness and lymphatic filariasis in several countries in Africa and the Middle East.
But such was not the case: 30 years later, in 2017, river blindness rages on across the world, afflicting as many as (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3125028/) 37 million people , 270,000 of whom have been left permanently blind.
The data could also be used to support regional control and elimination strategies for other infectious diseases, for example, Schistosomiasis (snail fever), River Blindness, HIV, Dengue and Yellow Fever, said the paper published in the journal Scientific Data.
Ivermectin, an antifilarial drug, is the essential tool in eradicating river blindness from the developing world.
In river blindness you may have seen the image of a young child leading a blind father, mother, grandfather or grandmother on a stick.
For example, in a report by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations, the research-based pharmaceutical industry has pledged to donate 14 billion treatments between 2011 and 2020 for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases, such as leprosy and river blindness.
Two scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery of a drug being used to eradicate river blindness. William C.
This year, the Nobel Prize was awarded to 3 scientists -- Youyou Tu for a malaria therapy, and the team of William Campbell and Satoshi Omura in treating river blindness and elephantiasis.
Omura have helped many potential patients who would have suffered from river blindness and lymphatic, mosquito-born diseases.
"Prof Campbell's work on developing the drug Avermectin, which combats the roundworm parasite and other organisms, is d already bringing benefits to people across the planet." Campbell and Omura were cited for discovering avermectin, derivatives of which have helped lower the incidence of river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, two diseases caused by parasitic worms that affect millions.
River blindness is an eye and skin disease that leads to blindness.