River blindness is caused by a parasitic worm transmitted by the bite of a river-breeding black fly. As its name suggests, river blindness can lead to visual impairments and can eventually cause sufferers to go blind.
Emmanuel’s story was documented in 2019.
Mectizan® doesn’t only help symptoms, it also protects other people in the village from contracting the disease. Now, thanks to the treatment, Emmanuel’s symptoms have subsided and he is able to work, socialise and earn a living. “I already have blindness, but we are now protecting the others, the little ones,” he explains.
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