Since 1930, Mexican health officials have battled river blindness (onchocerciasis) in rural communities. For nearly 40 years, onchocerciasis brigade worker Rodrigo Lepe has been on the job.
Today, thanks to the assistance of The Carter Center's OEPA, Mexico stands on the brink of wiping out the disease. Follow Lepe as he takes the final steps in his career's journey, making sure this debilitating disease is gone for good.
Learn more about the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas: http://cartercenter.org/health/river_blindness/oepa.html
A complete history of the effort to combat river blindness in Mexico (in Spanish) (PDF):http://cartercenter.org/resources/pdfs/news/health_publications/river_blindness/1875-2010-MexicanOnchoProgramHistory-CompleteBook.pdf
Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. The Center wages peace, fights disease, and builds hope worldwide.
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