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Sightsavers surgeon Aliyu smiles with a group of children.

Meet the dancing trachoma surgeon

Aliyu A-Umar, a former trachoma surgeon in Nigeria, has an inspiring way of making people feel at ease about eye care.

Caroline Harper speaks at the TED summit in July 2019.

Sightsavers and END Fund join forces at TED summit to inspire action on NTDs

Sightsavers’ CEO Dr Caroline Harper and the END Fund’s Sam Mayer presented a session looking at how countries are making huge strides towards eliminating neglected tropical diseases.

July 2019
Mary, a volunteer in Ghana, sits with three smiling children.

Meet Mary, a sight-saving volunteer

Mary, a dedicated mother of seven, used to work as a teacher. Now, she is saving sight in Asubende village in Ghana, by distributing medication to protect people from river blindness. Here you can meet some of the people she has helped.

Issa, Mayasa and Bibie outside their home

Number of people at risk of trachoma has fallen by 91%

In 2002 there were was about 1.5 billion people worldwide at risk of the eye disease. But new data from the World Health Organization shows this has fallen to just over 142 million people.

June 2019
Julianah from Kogi, Nigeria stands outside a field near her home in Ajenejo, Kogi State Nigeria.

Putting people at the centre of our work to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

Sightsavers' river blindness and lymphatic filariasis programme has delivered 60 million treatments in four countries. Here’s what we’ve learned from the project.

Ron Bannerman, June 2019
A group of participants from the Sudan Tropical Data training stand together for a photo.

How health workers are gathering data to fight trachoma in conflict areas

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Health in Sudan invited eye health workers from Somalia and Libya to attend a training session to teach them how to gather data as part of the Tropical Data initiative.

Cristina Jimenez, June 2019
A surgeon operates, using only the light of a window, on a patient to save their sight from trachoma.

Photo of sight-saving surgery is nominated for prestigious UK prize

Adriane Ohanesian’s image of a surgeon operating on a teenager in a makeshift clinic has been put forward for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019.

June 2019
A woman affected by lymphatic filariasis (LF) sits outside her home.

Sightsavers’ research on NTDs and disability is published by Oxford University Press

The research, carried out by Sightsavers, looks at the relationship between disabilities and neglected tropical disease treatment.

May 2019
A man has his eyes checked at a screening camp in Kasungu, Malawi

Treating hard-to-reach people: what we’ve learned from CATCH

The Coordinated Approach to Community Health programme, which finished in March 2019, has restored the sight of more than 21,000 people and generated a wealth of knowledge.

Moses Chege, May 2019
School children in Kenya sing songs outside in the sunshine.

Meeting Kenya’s health heroes

Sightsavers’ Julie Jenner meets the teachers and students who are fighting disease and preventing blindness by teaching children about good hygiene.

May 2019
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