Onchocerciasis: The Last Challenge



The Last Challenge: The elimination of onchocerciasis at the border of Brazil and Venezuela.


Imagine not being able to see the sun’s light, the blue sky, or the road home. That is the reality for people with onchocerciasis, a neglected disease that causes skin and eye lesions that, if not treated in time, can cause blindness. Latin America is a world example in the fight against this disease. Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico have already eliminated onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness. The yanomami territory in Brazil and Venezuela is the last stronghold for eliminating this disease in the region.