Sightsavers aims to eliminate trachoma in the countries in which we work.More about trachoma
If it isn’t treated, over time it causes scarring to the eyelid that makes the eyelashes turn inward and scrape against the eye, causing tremendous pain and, eventually, blindness. The infection can be treated with antibiotics, while surgery can stop the eyelashes rubbing against the eyeball.
In 2016, Sightsavers helped to distribute almost 47 million treatments for the disease.More on river blindness
It is spread by the bite of infected black flies that breed in fast-flowing rivers, which gave rise to the term ‘river blindness’. It can be treated with medication to help stop the spread of infection.
We aim to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in the countries in which we work by 2020.More about the disease
Long-term infection causes painful symptoms including abnormal enlargement of body parts, and the stigma that follows can have an additional devastating impact on those affected.
In 2016, Sightsavers treated more than 16.5 million people for intestinal worms.More about the disease
People infected with intestinal worms can become malnourished and more susceptible to disease and chronic illness. This can have negative long-term effects on employment, education, fertility and happiness.
In 2016, Sightsavers provided more than 5.7 million treatments for schistosomiasis.More on schistosomiasis
Once they are inside the human body, the larvae develop into adult worms, causing pain, diarrhoea and even cancer. The infection mainly occurs in poorer communities that don’t have access to clean drinking water or adequate sanitation, but it can be controlled using medication.