The fifth anniversary of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) has piqued the interest of the media, including coverage in The Guardian of Sightsavers’ joint efforts with the Department for International Development in Nigeria.
Social media has also been abuzz with celebratory messages and information to help people understand how much has been achieved so far, and what’s needed to finish the task of beating these diseases.
The London Declaration is a commitment from donors, endemic countries, non-government organisations and pharmaceutical companies to control, eliminate or eradicate 10 diseases by 2020. These diseases include trachoma and river blindness (onchocerciasis), which Sightsavers works with partner organisations to treat and prevent.
In Nigeria, Sightsavers' Rebecca Mintrim joined the celebrations for the billionth NTD treatment.
Research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases says distributing medication on a large scale in urban areas may not be the most effective solution.