Niger Becomes The First Country In Africa To Eradicate River Blindness

Niger man with river blindnessRiver blindness is a disease afflicting agricultural areas of Africa, particularly along the banks of the Niger River, and is transmitted through infected black flies.  Niger has become the first nation in Africa to get rid of this scourge.

This achievement took decades, and is largely credited to an international health fund spearheaded by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The team hopes to continue to eradicate this disease in other African nations as well.

How Niger became the first African nation to eliminate 'river blindness'

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