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How field surveys can help us fight trachoma

In February this year, Sightsavers supported our partners with the ambitious task of conducting field surveys for trachoma in Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.

7 year old Dorcas is standing outside, smiling. She is the one billionth treatment beneficiary.
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Sightsavers and partners celebrate delivering a billion NTD treatments

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.

An eye health worker shines a torch into Issa's eyes to check for trachoma.
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More than a million people examined for trachoma

In just over a year, more than a million people across four continents have been examined as part of the Tropical Data initiative.

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Lessons from Uganda: how educating communities about hygiene can help to combat trachoma

Trachoma is easily transmitted from person to person, so good hygiene is vital to prevent the disease spreading.

District onchocerciasis co-ordinator William Mugayo and Ugandan Secretary of Health Titus Ariyo discuss the mass drug administration project during a radio broadcast with DJ Robert Musasizi.
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How radio is saving lives in Uganda

In remote regions of Uganda, radio broadcasts are being used to spread information about diseases such as river blindness, and how they can be treated.

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Uganda moves one step closer to eliminating river blindness

Two more areas and more than a million people in the country have met the World Health Organization criteria for elimination of the disease.

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Test and treat: tackling river blindness in Cameroon

Sightsavers is trialling an alternative strategy: rather than treating entire populations, the aim is to test residents first to see if they have the disease.

A group of women wait for their turn to be screened at a trachoma outreach camp in the Pwani region of eastern Tanzania.
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Sightsavers CEO hails progress on eliminating NTDs in East Africa

Dr Caroline Harper visited Tanzania and Uganda this week to highlight the advances being made to eliminate blinding trachoma.

Children in northern Nigeria wait to receive medication as part of a mass drug distribution programme to treat NTDs.
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Sightsavers’ Nigeria Country Director elected to key NTD role

Dr Sunday Isiyaku will lead the non-governmental development organisation coalition for neglected tropical diseases and eye health in Nigeria.

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We’re making progress in the fight against neglected tropical diseases

Last week the spotlight was shone firmly on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The week kicked off with an announcement by UK Aid.

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