Success in the Americas
Guatemala is the fourth country in the world to eliminate onchocerciasis, known as 'river blindness'
Washington, DC, September 26th 2016 (PAHO/WHO) -- Following efforts that spanned more than two decades, Guatemala has become the fourth country in the Americas and the world to be declared free of onchocerciasis (river blindness), a disease that can cause blindness and disability and that primarily affects people living in poverty.
14 October 2015 | Geneva -- Mexico has become the third country in the world to be declared free of onchocerciasis, a parasitic disease that mainly affects poor people in rural areas. The announcement came days before the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was awarded to two researchers for their discovery of ivermectin, the mainstay of treatment for onchocerciasis (also known as river blindness).
PAHO and The Carter Center congratulate Ecuador as second in the Americas to achieve elimination of onchocerciasis (river blindness)
Washington, D.C., September 29th 2014 (PAHO/WHO) -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and The Carter Center congratulated Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and the people of Ecuador for their country becoming the second in the world to achieve elimination of onchocerciasis (river blindness), as verified by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Bogota, Colombia, November 16th 2011 (PAHO/WHO) -- Colombia has become the first country in the Western Hemisphere to eliminate onchocerciasis (also known as river blindness) within its national borders, according to an announcement made by Colombian health authorities at the 21st Inter-American Conference on Onchocerciasis in Bogota last week.