History of the NGDO Group for Oncho

In the early days of the donation, the NGOs worked with ministries of health, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners to establish river blindness treatment programs in endemic countries. They were the recipients of applications for Mectizan. Today, countries own their elimination programs and the NGOs work alongside them to facilitate oncho elimination activities.

In 2015, the Geneva-based entity was dissolved and the group shifted to a volunteer leadership model known as the NGO Group for Onchocerciasis Elimination. The Group is governed by an elected chair and co-chair. The Group also has individual task teams for advocacy, long-term elimination strategy, and coordination between lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis elimination in Africa

Mandate of the NGO Group for Onchocerciasis Elimination

The Group:

  • Works closely as implementation partners to provide technical and financial support to country programs and national onchocerciasis elimination committees (NOECs).
  • Advocates for oncho and NTD elimination programs with ministries of health to mobilize domestic resources and political will for oncho elimination.
  • Helps identify issues in need of operational research and the resources needed to conduct it. It also helps translate WHO policies and procedures into practice in the field.

Amani Global

To provide a sustainable healthcare system on Idjwi, A forgotten island in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Carter Center

The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.

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CBM is an international Christian disability and development organization, transforming the lives of people with disabilities in low-income communities.Through its local partners, CBM works in over 60 countries, providing services to over 80 million people including 70 million people who received drug treatments for the control of NTDs.

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CSSW Yemen

The Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW) of Yemen’s mission is to contribute in achieving sustainable development for poverty alleviation in Yemen community by using voluntary efforts in partnership with local communities and donor organizations giving the priority to rural areas, youth, women and children.

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The END Fund focuses on delivering neglected tropical disease (NTD) treatments to those in need by growing and engaging a community of activist-philanthropists, managing high-impact strategic investments, and working in collaboration with government, NGO, pharmaceutical, and academic partners. We aim to take a systems approach to understanding, engaging with, and influencing the broad ecosystem of stakeholders working on ending NTDs.

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FHI 360

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions.

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Helen Keller International

Helen Keller International (HKI) is known for sustainability, reliability, efficiency, and the highest level of technical expertise in preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition. HKI is headquartered in New York City, and has programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States.

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The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella organisation to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities.

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IMA World Health

IMA World Health (IMA), a specialist in providing essential healthcare services and medical supplies around the world, is a nonprofit, faith-based organization working to restore health, hope and dignity to those most in need.

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Light for the World

Following a human rights based approach, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD targets persons with disabilities living in poverty, and is committed to promoting eye health, rehabilitation, inclusive education, and an accessible and inclusive development co-operation.

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)

The mission of the Lions Clubs International Foundation is to support the efforts of Lions clubs worldwide in serving their local communities and the world community as they carry out essential humanitarian service projects.

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Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Neglected Tropical Diseases

The LSTM has been involved in the study of infectious diseases in the tropics with an outstanding record of achievement in the areas of NTD research and capacity building for over a century. These achievements include descriptions of basic parasite and vector biology, drug development, support of country health programmes, technical assistance to global initiatives, evidence based strengthening and other interventions that will reduce the burden of NTDs.

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Malaria Consortium

Malaria Consortium’s mission is to improve lives of all, especially the poorest and marginalized, in Africa and Asia through sustainable, evidence-based programs that combat targeted diseases. They target key health burdens, including malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), along with other factors that affect child and maternal health.

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Mentor Initiative

The MENTOR Initiative saves lives in emergencies through tropical disease control and then stays to help people recover from crisis with dignity, working side by side with communities, health workers and health authorities to leave a lasting impact.

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MITOSATH is a Non-Governmental Development Organization (NGDO) committed to improving the quality of life of the poor and rural indigent through advocacy, raising awareness, resource mobilization and energizing the collective will of all stakeholders for the control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

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Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité

The OPC (Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité – Organisation for the Prevention of Blindness) is an international NGO with specific expertise in ocular public health. It fights to preserve the sight of as many people as possible in the most deprived populations in French-speaking developing countries.

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RTI International

RTI International is proud to be a global leader in NTD control and elimination. Since 2006, RTI has headed the implementation of USAID’s flagship NTD projects, working in close partnership with WHO and ministries of health in over 20 countries.

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Sightsavers International

Sightsavers works to combat blindness in developing countries, restoring sight through specialist treatment and eye care. We also support people who are irreversibly blind by providing education, counselling and training.

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United Front Against River Blindness

UFAR’s primary goal is to become a recognized and respected member of the coalition of international, national and local organizations currently involved in concerted efforts to eliminate onchocerciasis as a major public health and socioeconomic problem in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Guided by a commitment to build a world fit for children, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF — in partnership with individuals, non-governmental organizations, foundations and corporations — works to advocate for the world’s children, increase awareness among the U.S. public of children’s needs and raise funds in support of UNICEF’s work.

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World Vision International

World Vision International is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

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