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.
Jeref, a village in Abu Hamad locality, has made significant strides against onchocerciasis, but Carter Center and Sudanese health experts know that educating people about how to prevent the disease is crucial to permanently eliminating it. Follow the team as they work side-by-side with community members learning new health care approaches.
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