Sightsavers is celebrating its one billionth treatment delivered to people affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) with a public event at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin on 12 December.
The free event, which starts at 5.30pm, is open to members of the public. It will feature a video message from Professor Stephen Hawking, whose father played a key role in the early research work on NTDs. Nobel Prize-winning Irish scientist Professor William Campbell, who helped to discover a class of medication that transformed the treatment of NTDs, will also present a video message.
Guests will be able to watch footage of the one billionth treatment being administered, to seven-year-old Dorcas from Nigeria. Dorcas’s grandfather was blinded by an NTD, but thanks to the treatments that Sightsavers and partners have provided, Dorcas is now protected from the disease. The video shows how the family’s community is coming together to eliminate NTDs.
Partners who have helped us reach this milestone will also speak at the event, and Salimata Bocoum, Sightsavers’ Senegal Country Director, will share her experience of efforts to eliminate the diseases in her country. An exhibition will highlight the stories of people affected by NTDs and how their lives have been transformed by the treatments.
The Dublin event is part of global celebrations to mark the occasion, with events also taking place in London and Nigeria.