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YOU CAN END THE PAIN AND FEAR OF RIVER BLINDNESS.

Sabina lives with constant, painful itching caused by millions of parasites crawling and dying under her skin. She scrapes her skin raw, trying to stop the itching, but nothing helps. And the toxins these parasites release are destroying her sight.

Sabina will go painfully, irreversibly, blind. And her children and grandchildren are at risk of River Blindness too.

Thanks to free medication from Merck, your gift today will go 5X further to protect children and families living with the pain and fear of River Blindness. You can protect children from this painful disease by providing vital medication. You can save sight for generations to come!

IT STARTS
WITH A BITE.

River Blindness is an eye disease that can lead to permanent blindness.

Blackflies are infected with a parasitic worm, Onchocerca volvulus. And when the blackflies bite humans, they spread a disease called Onchocerciasis, commonly known as River Blindness.

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RIVER BLINDNESS ENDS WITH YOU.

MEDICATION

Merck & Co., Inc. pharmaceutical company has donated Mectizan® that will safely kill the larvae in infected people’s bodies. It relieves the painful itching and protects children and parents from losing their sight.

YOU BRIDGE
THE GAP

You can cover the shipping and distribution costs of this vital medication and get it to community workers to save sight for generations to come. And your gift will have 5X the sight-saving impact!

TRANSFORMED COMMUNITIES

Through community distribution workers, children and families receive Mectizan® to stop River Blindness in its tracks. Every person receives medication, which means the community is on its way to becoming River Blindness free!

Sabina

“If my children don’t go to the kitchen and cook food for me I sit here and sleep hungry,”

— Sabina, a mother and grandmother losing her sight to river blindness

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Here’s how your dollars are used to transform lives:

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  • 82% - Life-changing Programs
  • 12% - Fundraising
  • 6% - Administration