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A woman affected by lymphatic filariasis (LF) sits outside her home.

Sightsavers’ research on NTDs and disability is published by Oxford University Press

The research, carried out by Sightsavers, looks at the relationship between disabilities and neglected tropical disease treatment.

May 2019
A man has his eyes checked at a screening camp in Kasungu, Malawi

Treating hard-to-reach people: what we’ve learned from CATCH

The Coordinated Approach to Community Health programme, which finished in March 2019, has restored the sight of more than 21,000 people and generated a wealth of knowledge.

Moses Chege, May 2019
School children in Kenya sing songs outside in the sunshine.

Meeting Kenya’s health heroes

Sightsavers’ Julie Jenner meets the teachers and students who are fighting disease and preventing blindness by teaching children about good hygiene.

May 2019
A man with sore eyes looks at the camera.

Trachoma elimination in Africa: Lessons from two multi-country initiatives

An evaluative learning exercise of two initiatives to eliminate trachoma in ten African countries.

Jacob and Moses outside their village in Nigeria.

The father and son fighting tropical diseases in Nigeria

Meet Jacob and Moses, who are working together to protect their community from diseases such as river blindness.

A woman has a big smile after receiving trachoma surgery

Trachoma elimination moves closer, a year after groundbreaking TED talk

In the year since Sightsavers' CEO gave a TED Talk about plans to eliminate trachoma, the continued fight to eliminate the disease moves closer.

April 2019
Community designated distributors in Kaduna State, Nigeria pose for a photo outside the local health centre.

Learning to adapt: what the UNITED programme has taught us

The UNITED programme has now come to an end, and has taught us numerous lessons that will inform future integrated neglected tropical disease programmes.

Safiya Sanda, April 2019
A sightsavers 4x4 crosses a rickety bridge over a river in River Sess County, Liberia.

Liberia five years on: saving sight in the aftermath of Ebola

Lincoln Gankpala, from the Liberian Ministry of Health, shares his experience of treating river blindness before, during and after the devastating Ebola outbreak that claimed thousands of lives.

March 2019
An eye health team on motorbikes travel across a dusty remote landscape dotted with trees and huts.

Reaching Ruangwa: an epic journey to help save sight

Sightsavers’ Jo Howard travels across rural Tanzania with an eye health team to see how far they must go to treat trachoma in the most remote communities.

March 2019
A group of volunteers sit around a table in a village in Nigeria.

Putting learning into practice: using research to reach people at risk of NTDs in Nigeria

Nigeria carries around 25 per cent of Africa’s NTD burden. However, progress is being made and research is playing a key role in helping to eliminate the diseases.

James Yashiyi Nuphi, March 2019
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