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A volunteer drug distributor washing hands washes someone's hands.

Trachoma treatments resume in Nigeria after COVID-19 lockdown

Nigeria is the first Sightsavers-supported country to resume treatments for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since April due to COVID-19.

September 2020
A volunteer inspects a baby's eyes for signs of trachoma.

Commonwealth Fund protects 10 million people from trachoma

Sightsavers and partners delivered 11.7 million trachoma treatments and carried out nearly 32,000 trichiasis surgeries in two years under the Commonwealth Fund.

September 2020
A community volunteer distributed treatment to protect against neglected tropical diseases to a woman.

Health programme exceeds several first-year targets

A Sightsavers-led programme in Africa has surpassed several of its first-year targets as it delivers more than 127 million drug treatments for five debilitating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

September 2020
The Tropical Data team working on trachoma surveys in Arusha in 2019.

Q&A with Sarah Boyd: how we are moving Tropical Data forward through COVID-19

We speak to Tropical Data’s data analyst, Sarah Boyd, to find out what she and the team have been working on while travel hasn’t been possible and many of us have been advised to stay at home.

Sightsavers, August 2020

Working together to tackle NTDs in Liberia

In the first year of the programme, the Ascend West and Central Africa partners have supported health workers and volunteers to deliver mass treatment campaigns that will help tackle high rates of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Liberia.

August 2020
Four-year-old Paolo stands smiling in a doorway.

Paolo's story

Paolo's family could not understand why he kept having problems with his eyes. Thankfully, training for a Sightsavers-supported programme was taking place nearby.

A man sits in an office wearing a face covering

Reducing stigma in communities while fighting NTDs

Mr Alabi, the neglected tropical disease (NTD) coordinator for Kogi State, Nigeria, and his team provide NTD interventions to more than four million people annually.

August 2020
A boy washes his face at a well in Turkana, Kenya. Good hygiene is key to reducing the incidence of Trachoma and other eye conditions.

World Water Week 2020: Bringing WASH and NTD sectors together will improve millions of lives

For World Water Week 2020, Sightsavers comes together with the Kenyan ministry of health to advocate for stronger partnerships between WASH and NTD sectors.

A man distributes treatment to a smiling student.

COVID-19 prevention messaging to reach millions in Africa

Sightsavers has joined forces with M&C Saatchi World Services to produce new COVID-19 awareness campaigns that will reach millions of people.

August 2020
A man stands for a portrait.

Sani Muhammad's Story

Alhaji Sani Muhammad Dan'lya is the acting chairman of Sokoto State's chapter of the Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities. He helps to highlight the importance of disability inclusion within the Ascend West and Central Africa programme.

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