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An eye surgeon examines a woman's eyes to check for signs of trachoma.

WHO: 74% reduction in people needing advanced trachoma surgery

People requiring surgery treat severe cases of trachoma, the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness, have declined from 7.6 million in 2002 to 2 million in 2020, according to World Health Organization data.

July 2020
A group of people sit pointing and staring at a man who sits alone.

How participatory research can change the lives of people affected by NTDs

Martins Imhansoloeva, research coordinator, shares how participatory research is helping to capture the experiences of people with NTDs and can lead to better programme design.

A man walks behind his cattle on a dirt road

Why innovation is urgently needed to reach nomadic communities during COVID-19

Kareen Atekem reflects on the challenges and opportunities in reaching Cameroon’s nomadic populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kareen Atekem, July 2020
Fatuma from Tanzania laughing

Fatuma's story

Fatuma is a grandmother from Ruangwa, Tanzania suffering with advanced trachoma. We follow her journey from near-blindness to the chance to see once again.

Babacar performs surgery wearing protective equipment on a trachoma patient.

Saving sight in Senegal during the COVID-19 pandemic

Without eye surgeon Babacar's efforts, people could have been at risk of going blind from the advanced form of trachoma during the lockdown.

July 2020
A man washes his hands.

UK aid's flagship neglected tropical disease programme is supporting countries during COVID-19

COVID-19 meant pausing neglected tropical disease (NTD) treatments worldwide. Ron Bannerman, director of Ascend West and Central Africa, explains how Sightsavers and partners found a way of using their expertise to help countries combat the pandemic while preserving the gains made in their fight against NTDs.

Ron Bannerman, July 2020
Surgeon Kabir wearing face mask on motorbike

Providing trachoma treatment during lockdown in Nigeria

Dozens of people have received vital post-operative treatment for trachoma despite COVID-19 restrictions, thanks to eye surgeon Kabir Yahaya.

Zakari, a TT tracker, using the device in a hospital.

Sightsavers' trachoma tracking app wins e-Health award

The Pierre Fabre Foundation has selected the mobile ‘TT Tracker’ for a Global South e-Health Observatory Award.

June 2020
Dr Amadou wearing scrubs and a face mask.

Celebrating our trachoma health workers

Health workers around the world have been thrown into the spotlight as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic. With this has come a renewed appreciation of their skills and hard work.

June 2020
Zakari works with the surgeon to record patient data on the TT Tracker

Trachoma trackers in action: how mobile phones are saving sight

Meet Benin's mobile health team who are using mobile phones to track and eliminate trachoma.

June 2020
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