This program is concerned with the attempt to eradicate river blindness disease and to prevent it from spreading to an area of about one million and one hundred thousand square kilometers. This program was initiated by the IBRD and the World Health
Organization, with the collaboration of the West African governments, namely: Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Togo, Burkina Faso. Realizing the importance of such a program, the Kingdom has participated in the international meetings on the mobilization of financial and technical resources for the implementation of this program's three stages during the period 1974-1989 (1394-1410 AH). The Kingdom's contribution to such stages amounted to 92 million Saudi Riyals, representing 8.36% of the total donations of contributing countries.