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March 30, 2005 - Press Release
Helen Keller International Receives $550,000 Grant From The Nippon Foundation to Combat River Blindness

New York – Helen Keller International (HKI) has signed a $550,000 grant agreement with The Nippon Foundation to combat onchocerciasis (river blindness) in Africa.  The Nippon Foundation, a Japanese organization that supports international programs to help people achieve a healthy life, awarded the grant to HKI's project called “Enhancing Community-Directed Treatment with Ivermectin for Sustainable Control of Onchocerciasis in Africa.”  The project promotes onchocerciasis control and prevention activities in three highly onchocerciasis-endemic African countries – Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, and Nigeria. The goal is to build sustainable programs and models that will contribute to the elimination of onchocerciasis as a public health problem in those three countries and throughout Africa.

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