Sightsavers Reports

WASHing away blinding trachoma

April 2013

Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that is one of the world’s leading causes of preventable blindness.

It is one of 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest people. Yet we have the tools to prevent transmission of trachoma, and to eliminate blinding trachoma by 2020.

Improved access to safe water and adequate sanitation, and the implementation of good hygiene practices, are essential for trachoma prevention and control.

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Neglected tropical diseases
Two smiling children from the Yendi district in Ghana wave their hands in the air.
Sightsavers blog

What we’ve learned from trachoma elimination in Ghana

Sarah Bartlett reflects on Sightsavers’ involvement in this milestone, what we’ve learned from the experience and the work that lies ahead.

Sarah Bartlett, September 2018
Sightsavers staff and guests stand on stage and wave at the camera.

Super School of 5 trachoma programme expands to Nigeria

The project, which uses superhero characters to educate children about the spread of trachoma, will be introduced as part of efforts to fight the disease.

September 2018
A woman in Tanzania splashes water on her face from a metal bucket.
Sightsavers from the field

How water is vital to fight trachoma

To mark World Water Week 2018, Sightsavers’ NTD Programme Officer Cade Howard shares tips from the field about how water can help to eliminate this painful, blinding disease.

August 2018