John Uniack Davis

John Uniack Davis is Regional Director for West Africa for Helen Keller International.  He previously served for 14 years with CARE International, most recently as Country Director for Turkey and northern Syria (2013-2016) and Country Director for Madagascar (2008-2013).

A Major Public Health Milestone on the Horizon: Sierra Leone's Progress towards Eliminating River Blindness

River blindness (onchocerciasis) has been known to humankind since “biblical times.” It was second only to cataract as a cause of blindness in Sierra Leone until recently – It used to be so common in some highly-affected riverside villages that people accepted the inevitability of visual impairment from their mid-30s. The parasite that causes onchocerciasis, Onchocerca volvulus, was first identified in 1874 and its transmission as larvae by blackflies was first documented in 1926 in Sierra Leone.

The Humanitarian Community Is Counting on the Oslo Conference to Raise Awareness and Funds for the Neglected Lake Chad Crisis

The Lake Chad Basin of West Africa has long suffered from the mutually reinforcing effects of economic poverty, underdevelopment, and climate change. These challenges have been exacerbated by an unprecedented security situation since February 2015 – continuous cross-border raids by Boko Haram insurgents have created terror, mass displacement and miserable, precarious living conditions for millions of people.

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Regional Director, West Africa, Helen Keller International