Mectizan Donation Program

Established 25 years ago, the Mectizan Donation Program (MDP) is the longest-running, disease-specific, drug donation program, and public-private partnership to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in African countries 2020 and onchocerciasis globally by 2025.

Mectizan Donation Program

In 1987, MSD announced that it would donate MECTIZAN (Ivermectin), our breakthrough medicine for the treatment of onchocerciasis, to all who needed it for as long as needed. A multi-sectorial partnership was established with governments in countries where onchocerciasis is endemic, their ministries of health and other national and international stakeholders, including the World Health Organization, to ensure appropriate infrastructure, distribution and support. The Mectizan Donation Program is the longest-running, disease-specific drug donation program and public/private partnership of its kind, and is widely regarded as one of the most successful public/private health collaboration in the world.

In 1998, MSD expanded the MSD MECTIZAN Donation Program to include the prevention of lymphatic filariasis (LF), commonly referred to as elephantiasis, in African countries where the disease co-exists with river blindness. Over 400 million people are estimated to be at risk of infection in Africa.

To facilitate the donation and delivery of MECTIZAN, MSD established a multi-sectorial partnership, involving the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank and UNICEF, as well as ministries of health, nongovernmental development organizations and local communities. In 1988, MSD established the MECTIZAN Donation Program (MDP), housed at the Task Force for Global Health, to provide medical, technical and administrative oversight of the donation of MECTIZAN. In 1991, MSD, MDP and the WHO established the Non-Governmental Development Organization (NGDO) Coordination Group for Onchocerciasis Control.

For LF, the program collaborates with the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis, a group of partners committed to developing political, financial and technical support for LF programs globally.

The WHO established goals to eliminate lymphatic filariasis and river blindness by 2020 and 2025, respectively.

Partners

  • Merck

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Merck is an innovative, global healthcare leader that is committed to improving health and well-being around the world. At Merck, they're applying their global reach, financial strength and...

  • World Bank Group

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Their mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting...

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

  • Helen Keller International (HKI)

    Advocacy NGO, Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international nonprofit organizations devoted to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition worldwide. Spanning 22...

  • The Carter Center

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and...

  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    PAHO is the specialized international health agency for the Americas. It works with countries throughout the region to improve and protect people's health. PAHO engages in technical cooperation...

  • Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)

    Foundation
    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    Lions around the world are united by a great spirit of giving and dedication to helping others. As the official charitable organization of Lions Clubs International, a leading humanitarian...

  • Task Force for Global Health

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    The Task Force for Global Health is an independent, nonprofit organization based in Decatur, Ga., USA, with field offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Guatemala City, Guatemala....

  • IMA World Health

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    Their mission is to advance health and healing to vulnerable and marginalized people the world over.

    IMA World Health, a specialist in providing essential healthcare services and medical...

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Key Information

LocationWorldwide
StatusActive
  • Start Date 1987
Sectors