For 30 years Merck & Co. have been donating Mectizan free-of-charge in the developing world to combat river blindness. The Merck Mectizan Donation Program is now the largest ongoing donation program of its kind in the world.
Merck needed to partner with many organizations and work together as a team to successfully distribute the sight-saving medicine to remote, rural areas in 36 countries.
You and cbm are one of these partner programs.
In fact, there have been no new cases of river blindness in four of the six affected countries in Latin America and in five African countries.
This program reaches more than 250 million people annually.
And here’s what has been accomplished through the cbm-Merck partnership from 2013-2017:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner]
$75 million value of donations
476 million people treated
Pfizer Inc. is a champion in helping to fight trachoma. This agonizing, infectious disease causes the inner surface of the eyelids to become rough. Eventually, the eyelashes turn inwards and scratch the surface of the eyes. This painful disease causes eventual blindness if left untreated.
With a generous and compassionate heart, donors like you have distributed the donated Azithromycin to 3,692,202 people in 2017 to combat trachoma.