IEF hosts first Awareness for Onchocerciasis (River Blindness) 5K Run/Walk at Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C.

Onchocerciasis is an eye and skin disease caused by a parasitic worm transmitted through black fly bites, that live near rivers and streams. This is the second-most common cause of blindness from infection. IEF has been part of an initiative to control Onchocerciasis in Cameroon. Since 1992, Merck & Company, Inc. has donated Mectizan® to be distributed through Cameroon's Adamoua and South Provinces.

IEF has pledged, along with other foundations, an initiative to help fight Neglected Tropical Diseases. The 5K Run/Walk is to raise awareness for Onchocerciasis as well as raise funds for communities affected by the disease. Over 80 people joined us at this family-friendly event and helped support our mission. We would like to thank Capital One, The Fishbein Group at Morgan Stanley, Drink More Water, Advance IT, and Presidential Exteriors for co-sponsoring this event!

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