Abu Hamad, a vast and isolated desert community 500 kilometers from the Sudanese capitol Khartoum, is on the verge of disproving a long-held belief among public health professionals that river blindness (onchocerciasis) cannot be eliminated in Africa due to poor health care delivery and the disease’s prevalence.
In this three-part video journal, join Carter Center expert Dr. Moses Katabarwa and his colleagues from the Sudan Ministry of Health and Lions Clubs International Foundation in the field as they guide and support the pioneering community-based approach that has brought this debilitating and potentially blinding parasitic skin disease to the brink of elimination.
Until 2008, the only way to reach Abu Hamad was to use the Nile River as a compass and drive across unmarked, unpredictable desert tracks. Even today, there is only one paved road. In this segment, take an adventurous journey with Dr. Katabarwa and the Sudan river blindness team more than 500 kilometers up the Nile and through the desert to Abu Hamad.
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