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Trachoma patient Mariam outside her home in Benin.

“I want to be able to dance again”

Sightsavers’ Katya Mira witnessed the first round of eye operations in Benin to treat blinding trachoma, and saw three women’s lives transformed.

October 2019
A still from Sightsavers' film with ITN, showing presenter Natasha Kaplinsky alongside the Sightsavers logo.

Sightsavers’ work to fight disease features in new video

The video, introduced by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, includes a segment on Sightsavers' work to tackle schistosomiasis in Guinea-Bissau.

September 2019
Muhammed, who has lymphatic filariasis, with health worker Suraji in Nigeria.

New health programme will protect 200 million people from disease

The Ascend programme, which Sightsavers is leading, aims to tackle six of the world’s worst diseases in 25 countries.

September 2019
A still from BBC Africa's La Vie programme, showing a woman having her eyes examined, plus the BBC logo.

BBC Africa films first trachoma operations in Benin

A team from ‘La Vie’, BBC Africa’s French-language health programme, followed the story of two women from Benin as they had surgery for blinding trachoma.

September 2019
A woman with LF cleans her affected limb.

Catching the mosquitoes that spread lymphatic filariasis

Sightsavers’ research, which involves testing mosquitoes for signs of the disease, can help us to ensure treatment is directed where it’s needed most.

Dr Rogers Nditanchou, September 2019
A local health worker hands medication to a woman as another health worker looks on.

Nearly 300,000 people given medication in Egypt during first mass trachoma campaign

Antibiotics were distributed in the Menia region of northern Egypt, where nearly 10 per cent of children aged one to nine had symptoms of the disease.

September 2019
Children celebrate at school leading up to the one billionth NTD treatment.

Nigerian hotspot declared free from river blindness

The disease has been banished from key areas of Nigeria where it was once endemic, bringing it one step closer to being eliminated.

September 2019
Handwashing

Why water matters: insights from an NTD expert

To mark World Water Week, Sightsavers technical director Geordie Woods explains how water is vital to prevent disease and save sight.

Sightsavers, August 2019
Children washing themselves in a stream.

How our research is finding new ways to fight river blindness

For more than 20 years, medication has been distributed in Cameroon to stop the spread of river blindness. Yet people are still testing positive for the disease. We wanted to know why.

August 2019
In Zambia, a boy teaches his sister how to wash her face to prevent trachoma.

Trachoma in Zambia: insights from the SAFE programme

In the past five years, the DFID SAFE trachoma programme has helped to protect and treat almost 3 million people in Zambia. Here’s what it has taught us.

Glenda Mulenga, August 2019
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