It’s estimated that 200,000 people in Ghana are blind, more than half because of untreated cataracts. In 2017, Sightsavers helped to examine more than 38,000 people for eye conditions to enable them to be treated.

Our work in Ghana

Ghana, located on the west coast of Africa, boasts consistent economic growth and political stability, yet avoidable blindness is still a problem. At least three neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are also endemic here.

Sightsavers is working in Ghana to eliminate river blindness, trachoma and lymphatic filariasis through mass drug administration (MDA), in which medication is given to large sections of the population to prevent the spread of the diseases. The project aims to train health workers and community drug distributors, who educate local people, screen them for NTDs and give out medication. It also aims to raise awareness and support for MDA through TV discussions and radio broadcasts.

In 2017, we helped to distribute more than 5.6 million treatments for neglected tropical diseases across the country, and trained 13,500 local volunteers to give out the medication in their communities.

Sunday Isiyaku.

Meet our Ghana Country Director

Sunday Isiyaku joined Sightsavers more than 20 years ago. He says: “I enjoy seeing the smiles of people we’ve helped and knowing that we have helped to change their lives.”

Emmanuel smiling while standing in front of a tree.

How we’re making a difference

Meet 60-year-old Emmanuel, a fisherman who lost his sight after contracting a disease called river blindness. He worries that if children in his village aren’t protected from the disease, they will go blind too.

Luckily, Sightsavers is helping to distribute medication in Emmanuel’s village that can ease his symptoms and also prevent others from contracting river blindness. Read Emmanuel’s story.

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