Sightsavers' Sarah Bartlett explains how technology – in various forms – helps us to keep track of the complex logistics involved with large trachoma treatment campaigns.
Staff gathered at Buckingham Palace in the UK to recognise the achievements of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Trachoma Initiative.
The parliamentary event showcased the UK government’s new flagship NTD programme, Ascend, which aims to protect 200 million people from neglected tropical diseases.
The video, introduced by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, includes a segment on Sightsavers' work to tackle schistosomiasis in Guinea-Bissau.
The Ascend programme, which Sightsavers is leading, aims to tackle six of the world’s worst diseases in 25 countries.
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.
Sightsavers’ research, which involves testing mosquitoes for signs of the disease, can help us to ensure treatment is directed where it’s needed most.
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.
The disease has been banished from key areas of Nigeria where it was once endemic, bringing it one step closer to being eliminated.