World: The National Public Health Institute of Liberia-NPHIL launches the Death to Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis (DOLF) Project in Fouama District, Bong County.
The project is a Clinical Research partnership between the Government of Liberia through the National Public Health Institute of Liberia-NPHIL, the Ministry of Health (MOH), and Washington University in St. Louis.
Along with this, the United States of America on the Safety and efficacy of novel combination regimens for the treatment of onchocerciasis. Onchocerciasis is caused by the filarial nematode Onchocercid volvulus and transmitted by Simulium blackflies that breed in rivers.
Larval parasites (microfilariae, Mf) migrate through the skin and can cause severe skin and ocular diseases (“river blindness”). The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that at least 25 million people are infected, with more than 99% of the infections in 31 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Liberia.
Currently, as of 2018, millions of individuals live in places known to be endemic for onchocerciasis. Onchocerciasis is the world’s second leading infectious cause of blindness. An estimated one million people have been blinded or have severe visual impairment due to onchocerciasis.
Recently, a high power delegation from the United States headed by the Director of the Cooperate Threat Reduction Department for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Dr Robert Pope, departed the country over the weekend after a week’s visit to Liberia.
Furthermore, Dr Pope, as well as the team, were in Liberia for an advanced discussion on the NPHIL’s Headquarters Building Project.
According to BBC, this nation is the oldest republic in Africa, and it has become famous for its destructive, long-time civil war.