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Volunteers wash their hands and practice social distancing before a training.

COVID-19 and neglected tropical disease innovation

When COVID-19 forced Sightsavers and partners to pause some NTD programmes in Africa, we worked quickly to adapt and restart them as quickly and safely as possible.

November 2020
A poster that says 'COVID has not gone away' and showcasing one-meter social distancing.

How the WASH initiative adapted to respond to COVID-19

Together with ministries and other organisations, Sightsavers has been working on COVID-19 behavioural messaging campaigns in nine African countries to reach millions of people across radio, television, social media and via billboards and leaflets.

Pelagie Boko-Collins, November 2020
A community volunteer measures Jumah's height.

Rigorous mitigation strategies vital for restarting NTD community health work

Resuming mass drug administration programmes to treat neglected tropical diseases is essential to reach WHO 2021-2030 NTD Roadmap targets, according to a new report.

November 2020
Students practice using measuring sticks to calculate drug dosages in Masindi, Uganda.

NTD activities in Africa in the COVID-19 era: the need for a ‘hybrid’ approach in COVID-endemic times

With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of abating, resuming neglected tropical disease activities, particularly mass drug administration, is vital in achieving WHO Roadmap targets.

A small child receives his annual dose of medication to protect him from trachoma.

Transform your idea into a life-changing project to fight NTDs

The Ascend Learning and Innovation Fund is funding projects to accelerate the control and elimination efforts of neglected tropical diseases.

October 2020
A man wearing a mask gives a demonstration to distributors in a school classroom.

COVID-19 and NTD innovation

RAMA is a new risk assessment and mitigation action tool enabling us and government partners to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 and restart treatment.

Phil Downs, October 2020
Two trachoma patients wearing traditional clothing standing next to a vehicle in a landscape in Kenya.

Leaving no one behind in development programming

Moses Chege, Sightsavers Kenya country director, explains how Sightsavers and partners were able to reach the worst-effected people suffering from trachoma.

Moses Chege, October 2020
A volunteer drug distributor washing hands washes someone's hands.

Trachoma treatments resume in Nigeria after COVID-19 lockdown

Nigeria is the first Sightsavers-supported country to resume treatments for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since April due to COVID-19.

September 2020
A volunteer inspects a baby's eyes for signs of trachoma.

Commonwealth Fund protects 10 million people from trachoma

Sightsavers and partners delivered 11.7 million trachoma treatments and carried out nearly 32,000 trichiasis surgeries in two years under the Commonwealth Fund.

September 2020
A community volunteer distributed treatment to protect against neglected tropical diseases to a woman.

Health programme exceeds several first-year targets

A Sightsavers-led programme in Africa has surpassed several of its first-year targets as it delivers more than 127 million drug treatments for five debilitating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

September 2020
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