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International Donors Commit US$31million for River Blindness Efforts

At the 16th meeting of the Joint Action Forum (JAF) in Abuja, Nigeria, international donors committed US$31 million to the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) to support efforts to control and eliminate the tropical disease onchocerciasis, commonly called river blindness. Health officials also confirmed that river blindness is moving towards elimination using existing treatment methods developed by APOC and partners.