UFAR is an African-inspired, US-based nonprofit charitable organization fighting Riverblindness, a debilitating disease that causes blindness in thousands of people in Africa and Latin America, and now other neglected tropical diseases.
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 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!
Riverblindness and the origins of UFAR are explained in this video.
How can I help eliminate
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.
For summary of Dr. Shungu's latest and very interesting trip to the DRC see: