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A woman in Tanzania splashes water on her face from a metal bucket.

How water is vital to fight trachoma

Sightsavers’ NTD Programme Officer Cade Howard shares tips from the field about how water can help to eliminate this painful, blinding disease.

August 2018
A man examines black fly larvae found near the the Agogo river in northern Uganda.

14 areas in Uganda now free from river blindness

Nearly four million people are now free from the threat of the disease, the Uganda National Onchocerciasis Elimination Committee has announced.

August 2018
An eye care worker holding a notepad with a phone resting on top.

What it means to work in a team gathering data to eliminate trachoma

Sightsavers’ Cristina Jimenez shares her thoughts on the pioneering Tropical Data project, which helps to identify where trachoma treatment is needed.

Cristina Jimenez, August 2018

Celebrations held in Ghana to mark trachoma elimination

Government leaders, health workers, volunteers and international aid workers have gathered in Ghana’s capital, Accra, to mark the achievement.

August 2018
Two women have their eyes examined while walking in the field with their crops.

The final days of trachoma in Ghana

Sightsavers’ Kate McCoy followed a team of eye care workers as they raced through cities and villages to find any remaining patients: they needed to treat them all to eliminate the disease for good.

August 2018
A trichiasis patient lies on a table outside his home, while a surgeon operates on his eyes.

Image of Sightsavers’ work in Ghana wins photo competition

A picture taken by photographer Peter Nicholls has been awarded first prize by the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI).

August 2018
A group of boys from Yendhi district in Ghana smile for the camera.

“Eliminating trachoma will make this world a better place”

David Agyemang, Sightsavers’ programme manager in Ghana, describes the optimism and celebration as the disease is banished from the country.

July 2018
Caroline Harper speaks at TED2018.

Trachoma talk from Sightsavers’ CEO named ‘TED of the Day’

Dr Caroline Harper's TED Talk, in which she laid out an ambitious plan to eliminate trachoma, has been chosen as the day’s top pick.

June 2018
A hand-drawn map showing buildings and roads.

How participatory research is helping to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Analysis in Nigeria shows we must engage with communities more effectively if we want mass administration of NTD medicines to continue to be succesful.

Sightsavers, June 2018
Professor Stephen Hawking.

Professor Stephen Hawking laid to rest in Westminster Abbey

The renowned physicist, who died in March, has had his ashes interred between those of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

June 2018
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