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The Gambia’s milestone journey to trachoma elimination

As The Gambia becomes the second country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate the disease, four people tell their stories about reaching this life-changing goal.

April 2021
A poster displayed on a wall featuring the text Avoid crowded-up places to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Sightsavers’ neglected tropical disease work wins media awards

Sightsavers received the Mass Media Award and the Photo Award from the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD).

April 2021
A young woman, wearing a mask, sits on a rug in front of her house by her walking stick

“I’m calling all women to work together and help people”

Meet Aishatu Ahmed, who wants to encourage women to join the fight against trachoma in Nigeria.

A man pours clean water for a woman to wash her hands.

Our NTD experience will be invaluable for COVID vaccine rollout

Distributing neglected tropical disease (NTD) preventative treatments in Africa can teach us a lot about rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine.

Simon Bush, February 2021
African Renaissance Monument is lit up in honour of World NTD Day.

World NTD Day 2021: highlights from around the world

On 30 January 2021, Sightsavers joined global celebrations to mark the fight against neglected tropical diseases.

February 2021
Two villagers in Niger walk among dusty coloured huts.

Sightsavers welcomes WHO road map to tackle neglected tropical diseases

The road map lays out the World Health Organization's strategic and programmatic response to NTDs in the next decade.

January 2021
A man stands for a portrait while wearing a mask.

Fight against NTDs continues despite pandemic

More than 35 million treatments were given out in 2020 as part of global efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

January 2021
A woman shows two men how correctly cover their mouths when the cough.

Communities in Nigeria drive the fight against COVID-19

The most effective way to tackle health issues is to put affected communities in the driving seat – COVID-19 is no different.

January 2021
Illustration of a health worker helping a patient.

Researchers: See the people behind the numbers

Neglected tropical disease programmes need to focus on people, not just count disease prevalence, say Sightsavers researchers.

December 2020
A man wearing a face mask, shield and optical loupes operates on the eye of a dummy

Keeping patients safe during a global pandemic

How research is helping trachoma specialists choose the best face shields to stop the spread of COVID-19.

December 2020
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