Sir Emeka Offor, a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist on Friday June 12, in Atlanta donated $10 million to the Carter Center to help end river blindness in Nigeria by 2020. Nigeria is the country worst affected by river blindness, with about 40% of the world’s cases. The Carter Centre is an initiative of Former U.S President Jimmy Carter.
The donation for river blindness is the largest Sir Emeka Offor has made for a health cause and the largest donation the Carter Centre has ever received from an individual African donor.
The Carter Center, a human-rights nonprofit founded in 1982 by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, is on mission to keep river blindness under control and or eliminate the disease totally. The disease is most prevalent in African and Latin American countries . This donation from the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation will fund two-thirds of the Carter Center’s expanded interventions against river blindness in Nigeria to help meet the five-year target to eliminate river blindness nationwide.
River blindness also known as onchocerciasis, is transmitted by black flies that live and breed near fast-flowing streams. The flies deposit larvae on human skin, which develop into parasitic worms that cause skin rashes, de-pigmentation and eye infections that eventually leads to blindness.
Sir Emeka Offor, 56 years old, is the Executive Vice chairman of the Chrome Group, a conglomerate with holdings in oil, gas, insurance and other sectors in Nigeria and other countries. Through the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation he has also given $3.2 million to eliminate polio in Nigeria, prevent maternal and child deaths.