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Okello Charles.
Sightsavers Reports

Okello’s story

After seeing many of his friends and family lose their sight to river blindness, Okello Charles volunteered to become a ‘fly catcher’, helping to eliminate the flies that spread the disease.

Two smiling children from the Yendi district in Ghana wave their hands in the air.
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What we’ve learned from trachoma elimination in Ghana

Sarah Bartlett discusses Sightsavers’ involvement in this milestone, what we’ve learned from the experience and the work that lies ahead.

Sightsavers staff and guests stand on stage and wave at the camera.
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Super School of 5 trachoma programme expands to Nigeria

The project, which uses superhero characters to educate children about the spread of trachoma, will be introduced as part of efforts to fight the disease.

A woman in Tanzania splashes water on her face from a metal bucket.
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How water is vital to fight trachoma

To mark World Water Week 2018, Sightsavers’ NTD Programme Officer Cade Howard shares tips from the field about how water can help to eliminate this painful, blinding disease.

A man examines black fly larvae found near the the Agogo river in northern Uganda.
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14 areas in Uganda now free from river blindness

Nearly four million people are now free from the threat of the disease, the Uganda National Onchocerciasis Elimination Committee has announced.

An eye care worker holding a notepad with a phone resting on top.
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What it means to work in a team gathering data to eliminate trachoma

Sightsavers’ Cristina Jimenez shares her thoughts on the pioneering Tropical Data project, which helps to identify where trachoma treatment is needed.

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Celebrations held in Ghana to mark trachoma elimination

Government leaders, health workers, volunteers and international aid workers have gathered in Ghana’s capital, Accra, to mark the achievement.

Two women have their eyes examined while walking in the field with their crops.
Sightsavers from the field

The final days of trachoma in Ghana

Sightsavers’ Kate McCoy followed a team of eye care workers as they raced through cities and villages to find any remaining patients: they needed to treat them all to eliminate the disease for good.

A group of boys from Yendhi district in Ghana smile for the camera.
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“Eliminating trachoma will make this world a better place”

David Agyemang, Sightsavers’ programme manager in Ghana, describes the optimism and celebration as the disease is banished from the country.

A trichiasis patient lies on a table outside his home, while a surgeon operates on his eyes.
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Image of Sightsavers’ work in Ghana wins photo competition

A picture taken by photographer Peter Nicholls has been awarded first prize by the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI).

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