The elimination and control of five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), some of which cause severe disfigurement and disability, is a core part of Sightsavers’ work in 24 sub-Saharan African countries.
Sightsavers is being recommended by GiveWell to scale up its deworming programmes to distribute treatment for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths (STH), as part of integrated NTD programmes in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria and Guinea Bissau.
GiveWell deems the deworming programmes we support as having a “strong track record and excellent cost-effectiveness”. We were also endorsed because of our standout record of transparency.
Sightsavers CEO Caroline Harper said: “Our NTD programmes, which include deworming and treating several disabling parasitical infections, are incredibly cost-effective.
“Sightsavers is working towards eliminating a number of NTDs in line with the World Health Organization’s NTD roadmap and last year we supported the delivery of 142 million treatments. Where possible this was as part of integrated programmes treating several diseases together.
“We are very excited to have been rated so highly by GiveWell. Working with them will allow us to have even greater impact for affected communities in Africa – both by scaling up existing programmes and expanding our reach with new ones.”
There is a significant need for such programmes, with one in seven people worldwide suffering from NTDs. This group of diseases affects the world’s poorest, most marginalised, and most remote communities.
For GiveWell’s full report on Sightsavers, visit www.givewell.org/charities/sightsavers.
Dr Sunday Isiyaku will lead the non-governmental development organisation coalition for neglected tropical diseases and eye health in Nigeria.
The number of people at risk from neglected tropical diseases has fallen by 20 per cent in the past five years, according to WHO.