Professor Alfonse Assani has a unique story. For 30 years he taught in a primary school in the nearby city of Kisangani – eventually fleeing conflict and urban poverty to live in the greener pastures of Makana. But a new ordeal awaited him. While tending to his fields, he was bitten by blackflies that transmit river blindness. He now calls for more research and innovation for this neglected disease.
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