River blindness: from disease control to elimination

Emilie Filou reports on the challenges of eliminating river blindness from Africa by 2025The implications of shift from disease control to elimination are considerable, as has been the case with the objective to eliminate onchocerciasis (better known as river blindness) by 2025, decided by the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) back in 2009. Controlling the disease only required river blindness to fall to prevalence levels where it is no longer a public health problem, but with elimination, every last case must be tracked down. As one expert put it: “Before, we’d see a few red dots on the map and we’d sleep well; but now, every red dot makes us feel further away from elimination.”Onchocerciasis is a parasitic infection that causes skin and eye inflammation and can lead to …
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