Professor Hawking spoke at Sightsavers’ event to mark the one billionth treatment for neglected tropical diseases: watch the full video of his speech here.
The physicist will lead global celebrations to mark the one billionth treatment that Sightsavers and partners have delivered to tackle NTDs.
The UK government will hold a disability summit in July 2018, as part of a push to ensure people with disabilities are included in global development.
The alliance, inaugurated in Dhaka, promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities as part of the country’s implementation of the Global Goals.
The billionth treatment was administered on Thursday 16 November to a seven-year-old girl named Dorcas, who was at risk of NTDs in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
For the second year in a row, Sightsavers has been named top charity in the Top 50 Companies for Customer Service Awards.
The Connecting the Dots project has been awarded almost £200,000 by the Big Lottery Fund to continue empowering young people with disabilities.
Photographs of Sightsavers’ work in Pakistan, taken by Andrew McConnell, are on show at the More London Riverside development near Tower Bridge.