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Many neglected tropical diseases are endemic in Cameroon. In 2017 we distributed more than 14.3 million treatments and trained 22,000 volunteers to give out medication.

Children in Cameroon hold tablets that they will take to prevent the spread of diseases such as trachoma.

More than five million people in Cameroon require treatment for trachoma, and more than 16 million for lymphatic filariasis (LF).

Sightsavers aims to eliminate four neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including trachoma, river blindness and LF, in the country by distributing medication to stop the spread and transmission of the diseases. We also help to train health workers and community representatives to give out 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 UN’s Global Goals in Cameroon.

I want to show river blindness to the population and explain to them the reason for this disease.
Cameroon footballer Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Footballer Benoit Assou-Ekotto during a visit to one of Sightsavers' programmes in Cameroon.
A team of surgeons carrying out a cataract operation in Cameroon.

How we’re making a difference in Cameroon

With the help of our partners, we’re pioneering a new way of funding health care in the country. With the help of a development loan, we hope to provide up to 18,000 cataract operations in Cameroon over the next five years.

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