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Emmanuel.

Emmanuel’s story

Meet 60-year-old Emmanuel, who lost his sight while earning a living as a fisherman after he contracted a disease called river blindness.

A woman with a bandage over her eye smiles at the camera.

IZUMI Foundation supports Sightsavers’ fight to eliminate trachoma in Mali

The Foundation has awarded Sightsavers a grant of $348,000 to support its mission to eliminate the neglected tropical disease from five regions of Mali.

November 2015
A young girl leans over a barrel of water, with Sightsavers' logo on it. She is washing her face outside with soapy water.

WASH and NTDs finally make it official

The World Health Organization has committed to support collaboration between WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and NTDs (neglected tropical diseases).

Sarah Bartlett, October 2015
A photo of two hands. In one hand there are three tablets.

Scientists win Nobel prize for river blindness discovery

William C Campbell and Satoshi Omura discovered a group of compounds known as avermectins, used to treat and prevent river blindness.

October 2015

WHO unveils global plan to integrate NTD programmes

The World Health Organization today unveiled a global plan to better integrate public health interventions in the battle to eliminate NTDs.

August 2015
Jon Snow stands, talking infront of a Uniting to Combat NTD banner. His hands are open and in front of him as he talks.

NTD programmes named as a strong investment opportunity

A report released today emphasises the huge health and economic benefits of investing in programmes treating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

June 2015
A close up photo of a lady having her examined by someone wearing white latex gloves.

Live webcast to launch progress report on NTDs

The Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases collective launches a report with a live webcast from the Natural History Museum in London.

June 2015
Villagers in Guinea involved in a project to eliminate onchocerciasis.

Elimination of onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis: strategic plan

These documents outline our current work and look at the potential for eliminating the transmission of the diseases.

A man and two women stand next to a dose pole.

Extra funding boosts Sightsavers’ NTD prevention area in Nigeria

Additional funding will allow the neglected tropical disease project to reach 13 million more people across two extra states in Nigeria.

May 2015
A close up photo of Leonard Kalokol, a 13 years old school boy whose class has lessons in facewashing to help eliminate the blinding eye disease trachoma in Kenya.

Countries commit to eliminating neglected tropical diseases

Health ministers from Africa, Asia and South America have come together at the World Health Assembly in Geneva to commit to eliminating neglected tropical diseases in their countries.

May 2015
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