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A five-year-old girl in Ethiopia has her eyes checked for trachoma.

What if we eliminated one of the world’s oldest diseases?

Sightsavers CEO Caroline Harper says we could be just years away from one of the greatest achievements in human health: ridding the world of trachoma.

Caroline Harper, April 2018
Caroline Harper speaks at TED2018.

Sightsavers CEO gives TED Talk outlining plan to eliminate trachoma

During her talk in Vancouver on 11 April, Caroline Harper urged philanthropists to support a new project that could help to eliminate the disease.

April 2018
Trichiasis patient Maryam Abubakar after trachoma surgery, with a patch on her eye.

Sightsavers celebrates collaboration to tackle trachoma

To mark World Health Day on Saturday 7 April, Sightsavers is celebrating work being done to eliminate trachoma – a huge success story in global health.

April 2018
Lord Chartres meets beneficiaries of the Trachoma Initiative.

Former Bishop of London praises Uganda’s progress in fighting trachoma

The Right Rev Richard Chartres visited the Iganga district in the east of the country, where he saw work taking place to eliminate the blinding disease.

March 2018
Rebecca takes a selfie with Dorcas, in Nigeria.

The personal stories behind Sightsavers’ billionth milestone

In Nigeria, Sightsavers' Rebecca Mintrim joined celebrations for the one billionth NTD treatment.

February 2018
Simon and Dorcas.

Together we’ve reached a milestone

We've finally reached our target of providing one billion treatments for neglected tropical diseases, protecting millions of people from infection.

A health worker talks to an LF patient.

Research calls for new approach to treating neglected tropical diseases in urban areas

Research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases says distributing medication on a large scale in urban areas may not be the most effective solution.

February 2018
Students practice using measuring sticks to calculate drug dosages in Masindi, Uganda.

Momentum is growing in the battle against NTDs, but we cannot be complacent

Sightsavers’ Simon Bush says that as we draw closer to eliminating NTDs, the next chapter will be the most challenging – yet also the most rewarding.

Simon Bush, January 2018
Kwaku Anim with his family in Ashanti, Ghana.

African leaders to personally oversee progress against NTDs

African heads of state have agreed to add neglected tropical diseases to their annual scorecard on disease progress, a move described as a “game changer”.

January 2018
Seven-year-old Dorcas celebrates with the villagers after receiving her treatment for NTDs.

Partnership: the key to eliminating neglected tropical diseases

Dr Philip Downs, Sightsavers Technical Director for NTDs, explains how working together will help us tackle these debilitating diseases for good.

Dr Philip Downs, January 2018
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