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Fighting disease

Collaboration with the WASH sector is key

We think about the challenges of working in the field of infectious diseases and how working alongside those in the water sector could improve impacts.

Helen Hamilton, March 2014
Peter Joseph lying on a bed in the men's ward after having had cataract operations, performed by Dr Gerald, one of Malawi's few eye surgeons. Nsanje Hospital, Nsanje, Malawi. Peter's son January (right) cycled him 12 hours to get to the hospital.

Sightsavers welcomes new WHO report focus

The report places a strong focus on what is needed to deliver the ambitious 2020 NTD Roadmap Targets.

January 2014
A child having their eyes tested

Sightsavers project featured on BBC News

Sightsavers’ trachoma mapping work, which is supported by the Department For International Development (DFID), has been included an article on BBC News.

January 2014
A community distributor holding a dose pole.

The power of partnerships

Last month, Sightsavers hosted the NNN meeting in Brighton.

Helen Hamilton, October 2013
A patient undergoes surgery for trachoma in Zambia.

Neglected tropical diseases: policy brief

In this policy brief, Sightsavers outlines an integrated approach to tackling neglected tropical diseases, including the Global Trachoma Mapping Project.

A man gathers fresh water at a new well.

WASHing away blinding trachoma

A report outlining how challenges of trachoma, access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and poverty are mutually reinforcing.

A boy washes his face to prevent the spread of trachoma infection.

A SAFE way forward: Women, trachoma and WASH

You might be wondering why World Water Day is important for Sightsavers. It's because access to clean water and sanitation aids the prevention of blindness.

Helen Hamilton, March 2013
Two women and a man are carrying measuring sticks to calculate the dosage of Mectizan. Two of them are wearing high-vis tops.

Empowering communities to make their own difference

Some 102 million people are at at risk from river blindness, with 99 per cent of cases in Africa.

Simon Bush, August 2012
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