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Global Health
March 20, 2013

Control of River Blindness

JAMA. 2013;309(11):1101. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.2398

Annual mass treatment with ivermectin to prevent the parasitic disease onchocerciasis, also called river blindness, has led to cost-effective health improvements in sub-Saharan Africa (Coffeng LE. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013;7[1]:e2032).

Researchers used a microsimulation model to estimate the health effect and cost of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control, a morbidity control program implemented by the World Health Organization in 1995 and set to run through 2015, when participating countries are expected to coordinate control measures themselves.

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