African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control 1995-2015: Model-estimated health impact and cost

(Public Library of Science) A relatively inexpensive program set up to combat river blindness has resulted in major health improvements in Africa, shows a study conducted by Erasmus University Medical Center researchers. The study, due to be published Jan. 31 in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, shows that US $250 million helped cure or prevent the major symptoms of onchocerciasis in millions of people. In collaboration with the Management of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC), the researchers calculated the health impact of APOC. (Source: EurekAlert! – Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: Blindness