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.
We at UFAR are 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, 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 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
The 8th annual African Soirée will be held on Saturday April 8, 2017, starting at 5 PM (doors open at 4:30 PM) at the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Ave. Princeton NJ. Our featured speaker will be Dr. William Campbell, winner of the 2015 Noble prize for medicine.
Tickets are $100 per adult and $35 per child/student.
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.