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Guinea-Bissau

Neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma and river blindness continue to affect Guinea-Bissau. In 2017 we helped to distribute more than 950,000 treatments to stop the spread of these diseases.

Trachoma patient Aladje sits with his grandchildren outside their home in Guinea-Bissau.

Sightsavers started working in Guinea-Bissau in 2001. Our work in the country focuses on eliminating diseases such as river blindness, lymphatic filariasis and trachoma.

As part of our projects to stop the spread of these three diseases, we help to distribute medication and promote cleanliness by building water points and toilets, as well as organising health screenings in remote villages.

Protecting people against these diseases enables the poorest communities to return to fertile agricultural land close to rivers, which they may have left because of the risk of infection. This ensures they can earn an income from farming.

Our work also helps to reduce the number of children who are forced to miss school because of severe medical conditions or to care for sick relatives, enabling children to continue their education.

At a glance

Total population
  • 1.9 million

  • What we focus on
  • Trachoma
  • River blindness
  • Lymphatic filariasis

  • Key programmes
  • A billion NTD treatments
  • Reducing river blindness
  • Fighting trachoma
  • My life has changed since I had surgery – I can now care for my children. I’d tell anyone with trachoma to have surgery.
    Subunda, trachoma patient
    Subunda with her son.

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