Dr Sunday Isiyaku will lead the non-governmental development organisation coalition for neglected tropical diseases and eye health in Nigeria.
Sightsavers has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Foundation for its work in Liberia to eliminate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis.
Antonio Guterres’ statement came in answer to a question raised at a United Nations Association UK by Harriet Ngendanabo, a Sightsavers campaigner based in Uganda.
Sightsavers’ campaign has launched a petition calling on UK political parties to make disability-inclusive aid a promise ahead of the election.
Sightsavers has joined more than 40 leading NGOs to call for governments and donors to invest in education for children with disabilities.
The annual event celebrates media professionals in the Asian and mainstream media who highlight issues affecting race relations and human rights.
The number of people at risk from neglected tropical diseases has fallen by 20 per cent in the past five years, according to WHO.
A guide that explains how to solve the legal challenges of producing books in accessible formats has recently been published by the World Blind Union.