What is Riverblindness

PHOTO: Dr. Nondo and one of the trained nurses with his blind father.
Drs. 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 eradicate Riverblindness

PHOTO: Mectizan provided by Merck.
Mectizan provided by Merck

Enjoy the Evening with a Buffet-Style Meal of International & American Cuisine.

Live Auction • African Market • Music

Special Feature: “African Folktales”
Presented by: Scott Langdon & Daniel Shungu


When: Saturday, March 1 at 5:00pm

Where: Princeton Seminary, Mackay Campus Center, Main Floor Lounge, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ

Cost: Student $30 | Adult $60


RSVP with your check payable to UFAR c/o:
Susan Lidstone, 5 Campbelton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 or contact Susan at 609-688-9979 or coverrock@gmail.com


There will be a special presentation in honor of the late Peter Meggitt

Adopt A Village

A $250 donation will provide medication for an entire village.

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.

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Adopt A Village

Adopt a village or save 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.