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CaringCrowd knows that progress takes generosity, collaboration, and commitment. That's why Johnson & Johnson is pledging to match all donations (up to $250 per person) made between December 1, 2016 and March 1, 2017 or until we reach our $100,000 cap. UFAR’s project is eligible for matched donations, so the benefits can be widespread (your matched $250 donation will enable us to treat 1,000 people for one year). To help us carry out our mission, please click the button below:

Our congratulations to William C. Campbell for winning a share of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine for the development of Ivermectin - the drug UFAR uses to fight Riverblindness.

EXPANDED MISSION

As 2016 winds down UFAR is gearing up for our biggest and best year ever in 2017! Our mission has both deepened and expanded in scope.

1.      While we are not changing our name, we are no longer solely focused on Riverblindness and we are not focused only on the control but the complete elimination of Riverblindness from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

2.      We are now tackling other NTDs (neglected tropical diseases): including lymphatic filariasis (LF), schistosomiasis (SCT), soil-transmitted helminths (STH) and trachoma (T).  

3.      We are working in more geographic regions. In addition to Katanga province we are expanding our work to the provinces of Maniema, Orientale, and Kasai Oriental.

4.      The population we are responsible for treating has grown from just over 3 million in 2014 to over 6.2 million in 2017. We must train more than twice as many Community Distribution Workers – from 20,895 in 2014 to over 45,000 in 2017. 

We need your support more than ever!

What is
Riverblindness?

Dr. Nondo and one of the trained nurses with his blind father

Dr. Nondo and one of the trained nurses with his blind father

Riverblindness is a debilitating disease that causes blindness in thousands of people in Africa and Latin America.

Riverblindness is a parasitic disease transmitted through the bite of the small blackfly that breeds along the banks of fast-flowing rivers.

Humans get infected with the disease during their regular trips to infested rivers for their daily activities such as farming, hunting, fishing and fetching water.

The disease is characterized initially by a rash, severe itching, thickening and depigmentation of the skin, followed by visual impairment and eventually blindness

How can I help eliminate
Riverblindness?

Mectizan provided by Merck

Mectizan provided by Merck

Adopt-A-Village

Adopt-A-Village is a program whereby your youth group, your church, your organization or you yourself can be associated with a riverblindness-endemic village in DRC through a small donation which will result in the protection of the villagers from the ravaging outcome of the disease and eventually to the elimination of the disease itself.

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A $250 donation will provide medication for an entire village of 500 people. Many villages are larger.

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About Us

UFAR is an African-inspired, US-based nonprofit charitable organization approved in the US as a tax-exempt corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in September 2004.

About UFAR

Mission | Background | Board of Directors

Adopt-A-Village

Adopt-A-Village is a program whereby your youth group, your church, your organization or you yourself can be associated with a riverblindness-endemic village in DRC through a small donation which will result in the protection of the villagers from the ravaging outcome of the disease and eventually to the elimination of the disease itself.