The late James Wolfensohn, who headed the World Bank, wrote the forward highlighting the role the Bank played in creating a coalition of stakeholders to eliminate onchocerciasis. This ancient scourge left people blind in the 30’s and 40’s, their most productive years.
The book is a comprehensive history of cooperation and trust that brought WHO, the World Bank, Merck and Company, bilateral agencies, funders, the NGO sector, governments, and communities together to create a global initiative. These efforts have had a tremendous impact on reducing the rates of blindness due to onchocerciasis.
IEF is proud to be a part of the global effort to eliminate onchocerciasis from the very beginning of the community-based mass treatment programs more than 20 years ago. IEF continues to provide treatment to over 1.2 million persons annually.