UFAR to treat an estimated 17,209,403 individuals during 2018!

What is Riverblindness?

Riverblindness is explained, along with the story of the founding of UFAR, in this video.

And now our MISSION has deepened and expanded:

We at UFAR are having 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, Sankuru, and Kasai Orientale.

4.      The population we are responsible for treating has grown from just over 3 million in 2014 to over 17 million in 2018. We must train more than ten times as many Community Distribution Workers – from 20,895 in 2014 to over 233,000 in 2018! 

We need your support more than ever!

Riverblindness and the origins of UFAR are explained in this video.

How can I help eliminate

Mectizan provided by Merck

Mectizan provided by Merck

Buy 2019 African Soirée Tickets

The 10th annual African Soirée will be held on Saturday April 13 (doors open at 4:00 PM) at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ 08542. it will include a cocktail hour, update on UFAR’s mission, a presentation on African Art, and a live auction.

Tickets are $75 per adult and $35 per student, children (under 18) are free when accompanied by parents.


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.

Donate NOW

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

Recent Award

Recent Award

For summary of Dr. Shungu's latest and very interesting trip to the DRC see:

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