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Nigeria Onchocerciasis Elimination Resources

  • Adonku Ayina (left) walks with his wife Saratu, in Kisanchi, Plateau State, Nigeria.

    Adonku Ayina (left) lost his sight to river blindness, a parasitic infection that can cause painful itching, skin bumps and discoloration, rashes, reduced vision, and if untreated, permanent blindness. He lives with his wife, Saratu, in Kisanchi, Plateau State, Nigeria. (Photo: The Carter Center/ R. McDowall)

Please find below a list of resources for the Carter Center's Onchocerciasis (river blindness) work in Nigeria.


-Nov. 18, 2021, ASTMH press release | New Evidence that Mass Treatment with Ivermectin Has Halted Spread of River Blindness in Two Nigerian States; Separate Study Shows Drug’s Potential to Interrupt West Nile Virus Transmission in U.S. » 

-ASTMH blog | Elimination Milestone Reached in River Blindness Hotspot Nigeria »

-The Carter Center | Carter Center Expert Participation in American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) 2021 Annual Meeting »

-The Carter Center | Hope for a Healthy Nigeria StoryMap »

-Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) | Nigeria 12th National Onchocerciasis Elimination Committee Communiqué

-GLIDE's Elimination Exchange podcast | A Man on a Mission: The Carter Center's Dr. Frank Richards' Journey to Eliminate River Blindness

Impact Map

Progress on river blindness transmission in Nigeria, per guidelines of National Onchocerciasis Elimination Committee (NOEC), 2021 vs. 2020. Download map »

  • Nigeria River Blindness Map
  • A village volunteer in southern Nigeria distributes medications.

    Kate Orji, a longtime volunteer in southern Nigeria, distributes medications to treat river blindness and lymphatic filariasis in her community. (Photo: The Carter Center/ R. McDowell) Read her story »

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