Many neglected tropical diseases are endemic in Cameroon. In 2016 Sightsavers distributed more than 13.7 million NTD treatments and helped to educate and train more than 300 people with disabilities.
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.
Sightsavers’ work is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and directly contributes to achieving them in Cameroon. In the video, Sightsavers’ Cameroon country director Joseph Oye speaks about how our work ensures people with disabilities will not be left behind in international development efforts.