Blinding trachoma is still prevalent in The Gambia, and much of Sightsavers’ work in the country focuses on distributing antibiotic treatments and supporting sight-saving surgery to treat the disease.
Sightsavers works with The Gambia’s ministry of health and social welfare to control and eliminate trachoma. We treat people with advanced stages of the disease, often through surgery, and monitor active cases of trachoma across the country. The project also distributes antibiotics to protect against the disease.
Sightsavers also aims to increase the number of people trained to diagnose and treat refractive error. We have provided spectacles for those who need them, and helped to set up a new vision centre in the country, which we publicised through radio shows, billboards and posters.