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A screengrab from a video chat, showing Alyssa Marriner and Cosmas Ejong.

How can deworming change the world?

Ndellejong Cosmas Eljong, Sightsavers’ technical adviser for schistosomiasis and intestinal worms, tells us via video about his work to fight parasitic worm infections and how deworming can have a huge impact on communities around the world.

Sightsavers, November 2021
In Cameroon, a schoolboy in a classroom has a drink of water after taking deworming medication.

“I don’t have a tummy ache any more!”

Hear first-hand how Sightsavers is working with GiveWell to control intestinal worms and schistosomiasis, two devastating diseases that affect thousands of children in Cameroon.

November 2021
A close-up of flies in a test tube.

Sightsavers and GLIDE pioneer new ways to fight river blindness

The partnership will test innovative ways to collect and analyse the flies that spread the disease.

November 2021
A person writes on a paper spreadsheet. Only their hand is visible.

“A thing of joy”: celebrating seven years of the COUNTDOWN programme

This major research programme, which ended in 2021, has supported people with neglected tropical diseases to speak out about their illnesses and how they would like to be treated.

November 2021
A large group of people hold a banner that celebrates the launch of the first cross-border mass drug administration for trachoma.

First cross-border treatments for trachoma are distributed in Kenya and Uganda

On 21 October 2021, teams in key districts on both sides of the Kenyan-Ugandan border began a mass drug distribution campaign to fight the disease.

November 2021
A man is given the COVID-19 vaccine by a health care worker.

Why Africa doesn’t need to suffer the brunt of vaccine inequality

Africa is behind on the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, yet there are programmes already in place that can help to distribute vaccines in the continent.

Ndelle Ngabe Makoge, September 2021
Kareen Atekem is shown in a yellow Sightsavers top standing outside next to a Sightsavers vehicle.

Sightsavers researcher wins recognition for innovative NTD project

Kareen Atekem's work on a new project to help control and eliminate two neglected tropical diseases has been recognised by the NTD Innovation Prize competition.

September 2021
Peace, a student, sings a song that helps her remember how to wash her hands and face

Sightsavers neglected tropical disease strategy: now is the time to say goodbye to NTDs

This is our second Sightsavers neglected tropical diseases (NTD) strategy. The first set ambitious themes for Sightsavers, and this strategy builds on those original themes.

A group of doctors in blue surgical scrubs performing eye surgery.

How trachoma surgery has changed lives in Côte d’Ivoire

As Côte d’Ivoire completes its final operations as part of the Accelerate programme to fight trachoma, hear the stories of some of the people involved.

July 2021
A man has his eyes checked for signs of trachoma.

World’s largest trachoma surveys reach 50th country

Sierra Leone has become the 50th country to be surveyed for trachoma as part of the initiative, with one person being examined for trachoma every 26 seconds since the surveys began in 2012.

July 2021
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