When mercy looks like medication …

"I fear so much for my wife, my daughter and for my grandchildren… that they could become blind."

Adolphe is terrified the pain and blindness he has endured, will strike his family too. “We are poor, we cannot afford this treatment”, he tells us, “And I fear so much for my wife, my daughter and for my grandchildren that they could become blind. Please continue to provide [the medication].”

The disease is called River Blindness, and the way it destroys sight is horrific. Like many others in his village, Adolphe was infected by a black fly bite near the river. He didn’t notice until the itching began…

Adolphe describes the disease, and how it began: “I remember the time where I had this itching… It was all over my body and it was unbearable. I was scratching and scratching. I also had those nodules under the skin. I showed them to my wife and she said: ‘These are parasites!’ – And she asked helplessly: ‘But where can we go to get medication for you?’

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Medication would have killed the parasites and saved Adolphe’s sight, but war raged in his country. And by the time the war was over, the doctor delivered bad news, “’You came too late, your eyes have already died…’ I was shocked and worried about my future. How would I get what I needed? How would I survive? I was desperate.”

He adds these heartbreaking words, “To me its better to die than to stay and suffer. I have been blind for nearly 20 years and since then I haven’t been able to do anything. And we have nothing…”

If you are blind you are a burden for the family,” Adolphe says sadly, “Sometimes some of our neighbours show mercy and share some rice with us.”

As the book of Zechariah in the Bible said, “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.” (NIV) Today, mercy looks like medication. We must act fast to stop the endless suffering.

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It’s hard to imagine something worse than having parasitic worms crawling under your skin. But in countries across Africa, these nightmare worms are destroying people’s eyes from the inside out. Here’s how…
What causes River Blindness?
  1. A black fly infected with the parasite Onchocerca volvulus bites someone.
  2. The worms mature and form nodules under the skin.
  3. They reproduce rapidly, sending tiny worm larvae throughout the body – eventually into the eye.
  4. As they die, they give off a toxin that destroys the optic tissue, leaving the person blind.
  5. The itching is so intense people make special knives to scratch through the skin… then a black fly bites an infected human, starting the cycle over.

Last year CBM was able to reach over 15.6 million people with sight-saving Ivermectin – but many villages like Albert’s are urgently waiting for help.

With help from people like you, CBM has made huge inroads into stamping out River Blindness in some of the most remote places in Africa. We’re thrilled to report it has been completely wiped out in Senegal and Mali!

In 2018 we’ve committed to getting medication to families in Nigeria, where 50 million people are threatened by this horrible disease, and stopping River Blindness for good!

If we can run mass distribution of medication, we believe we can stop the cycle of infection, and stamp out the disease. As a world-leader in preventing blindness, CBM has the expertise in place to deliver the medication in the most at-risk regions now.