Many neglected tropical diseases are endemic in Cameroon. In 2017 Sightsavers distributed more than 14.3 million NTD treatments and trained 22,000 community volunteers to give out medication.
Located on the west coast of central Africa, Cameroon has a population of more than 23 million people. Many neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are endemic: more than five million people require treatment for trachoma, and more than 16 million for lymphatic filariasis (LF).
Sightsavers aims to eliminate four NTDs, included trachoma and LF, in the country by implementing mass drug administration to stop the spread and transmission of the diseases. We also help to train health workers and community representatives to distribute medication and promote good hygiene.
It is estimated that two million people in Cameroon have some form of disability. Sightsavers is working to ensure that children with disabilities, including those with visual impairments, are able to go to school and can be educated alongside their peers. We also aim to help adults with disabilities participate fully in society by ensuring they can take part in politics and the democratic process.
View the full video of our Cameroon Country Director explaining how Sightsavers is helping to achieve the SDGs in Cameroon.
Dr Joseph Oye has worked for Sightsavers for more than 16 years. In this video, he explains how our work ensures people with disabilities will not be left behind, as part of the UN’s Global Goals.