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Fighting disease

two surgeons work on a patient.

Thousands of people in Africa get sight-saving surgery

In three years, Sightsavers’ Accelerate programme has supported governments in 12 countries to provide eye surgery to 37,000 people.

June 2021

“Taking photos helps people to understand our problems”

People in Nigeria with diseases affecting the skin have shared their photos as part of a research project into how these conditions can be better managed.

May 2021
A health worker checks childrens' eyes for signs of trachoma.

Trachoma elimination in The Gambia: sustaining the success story

Sightsavers directors Balla Musa and Phil Downs reflect on what this achievement means for The Gambia, and how other countries can learn from the experience.

Sightsavers, April 2021
A group of women sing, dance, and clap their hands.

Trachoma is eliminated in The Gambia

The Gambia has become the second country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate the potentially blinding disease, as confirmed by the World Health Organization.

April 2021
A man stands outside with a group of schoolchildren.

The Gambia’s milestone journey to trachoma elimination

As The Gambia becomes the second country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate the disease, four people tell their stories about reaching this life-changing goal.

April 2021
A poster displayed on a wall featuring the text Avoid crowded-up places to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Sightsavers’ neglected tropical disease work wins media awards

Sightsavers received the Mass Media Award and the Photo Award from the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD).

April 2021
A young woman, wearing a mask, sits on a rug in front of her house by her walking stick

Aishatu calls to all women to help fight trachoma

Women on the frontline, like Aishatu, help make sure that no one is left behind in the fight against the potentially blinding disease trachoma.

A man pours clean water for a woman to wash her hands.

Our NTD experience will be invaluable for COVID vaccine rollout

Distributing neglected tropical disease (NTD) preventative treatments in Africa can teach us a lot about rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine.

Simon Bush, February 2021
African Renaissance Monument is lit up in honour of World NTD Day.

World NTD Day 2021: highlights from around the world

On 30 January 2021, Sightsavers joined global celebrations to mark the fight against neglected tropical diseases.

February 2021
Two villagers in Niger walk among dusty coloured huts.

Sightsavers welcomes WHO road map to tackle neglected tropical diseases

The road map lays out the World Health Organization's strategic and programmatic response to NTDs in the next decade.

January 2021
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