Charity evaluator GiveWell, based in San Francisco, has named Sightsavers as one of seven ‘top charities’ for our work on treating children for parasitic infections, known as deworming. GiveWell is known for its in-depth analysis to find and recommend outstanding charities to donors.
Sightsavers is proud to have been awarded a $2.9 million grant from GiveWell to scale up deworming projects to treat disabling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa. The Givewell evaluation of our deworming work resulted in a recommendation of our “strong track record and excellent cost-effectiveness”. We were also endorsed because of our standout record of transparency.
The elimination and control of five NTDs, which cause sight loss, severe disfigurement and disability, is a core part of Sightsavers’ work in 24 Sub-Saharan African countries.
GiveWell’s support has enabled Sightsavers to develop strategies in five countries to distribute treatment for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths. This forms part of our integrated NTD work in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria and Guinea Bissau.