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.

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

2016 UFAR African Soirée Tickets

The annual African Soirée will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016,  starting at 5 PM (doors open at 4:30 PM) at the Mackay Campus Center of Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St. Princeton NJ.

For free parking enter from College Road. 

Tickets are $70 per adult and $35 per child.

The African Soirée is our annual fundraising event, where friends of UFAR enjoy a multi-course home-cooked African and American dinner prepared by our volunteers. You can shop at our "African Market", bid on exciting auction items, and get an update on the progress of the UFAR mission by our Executive Director Dr. Daniel Shungu.

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.

Donate NOW

$250 donation will provide medication for an entire village.

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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.