River blindness continues to affect many people in Republic of South Sudan. In 2016 we helped to distribute almost 200,000 treatments to prevent the spread of this neglected tropical disease.
Several neglected tropical diseases are prevalent in South Sudan. River blindness is endemic and more than 7.3 million people require preventative medicine to protect them against the disease. Trachoma is also suspected to be endemic in 32 districts in the country.
Sightsavers is helping the country’s ministry of health to distribute Ivermectin medication, which eliminates the infection and stops river blindness from spreading. We help to treat patients with advanced trachoma, usually through surgery, and distribute antibiotic treatments to protect entire communities against this painful infectious disease.
As part of a push to improve local healthcare systems, we also train ophthalmic clinical officers, ophthalmologists, cataract surgeons, trachoma surgeons, drug distributors and health promoters.