Carter hits record 500m doses for neglected tropical diseases
Jude Musa, 13, made record, taking the 500 millionth treatments for a neglected tropical disease (NTD) 20 years after the Carter Centre started its intervention in Nigeria. Musa, who testified to have been having blood-stained urine, took three drugs in separate doses to treat river blindness, schistosomiasis, and intestinal worms to mark the 500 millionth dose administered. Nigeria is among 14 African and Latin American countries where Carter assists in treatment and prevention of NTDs like river blindness, elephantiasis, and worm infestation, but is “most affected by these troubling diseases,

” said Mary Ann Peter, chief executive officer of the Carter Centre. Some 42% of the drugs, mostly received in donations from pharmaceutical companies, were distributed across 20,000 villages in eight states of Nigeria where Carter intervenes.The proportion of NTD drugs coming into Nigeria has risen to 60% of all Carter distribution this year. “The success we have here is due to the fact that Nigerians are willing to work hard to improve their health,” said Peter. “We have seen, time and again, that people at the grass-roots level can improve their own lives dramatically when they have access to the appropriate tools and knowledge.  “Among the most important of these tools are safe and effective donated medicines, together with health education and community ownership of the distribution process.”

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