In the villages of Senegal and Mali, and across a large area of rural Africa, 100 million people are no longer at risk of contracting River Blindness. River blindness causes severe itching and discomfort and eventual blindness among infected people. Forty years ago, this disease was rampant around Africa’s rivers and lakes. Today, is it all but eradicated thanks to a partnership that has brought life-saving medicines to the areas where they are needed most.
Published on 30 Jun 2014. By World Bank
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