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A boy holds a tablet used to treat neglected tropical diseases.

Sightsavers is one of GiveWell’s top charities once again

The charity evaluator praised Sightsavers for its work treating children for parasitic infections, known as deworming.

December 2017
Professor Stephen Hawking at the Sightsavers celebration of a billion NTD treatments.

Stephen Hawking commends his father’s role in tackling NTDs

Professor Hawking spoke at Sightsavers’ event to mark the one billionth treatment for neglected tropical diseases: watch the full video of his speech here.

December 2017
Professor Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Hawking to deliver speech at Sightsavers celebration

The physicist will lead global celebrations to mark the one billionth treatment that Sightsavers and partners have delivered to tackle NTDs.

December 2017
A riverbed with green bushes and trees at its edges.

How field surveys can help us fight trachoma

In February 2017, Sightsavers supported our partners with the ambitious task of conducting field surveys for trachoma in Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi.

Ruth Dixon, November 2017
7 year old Dorcas is standing outside, smiling. She is the one billionth treatment beneficiary.

Sightsavers and partners celebrate delivering a billion NTD treatments

The billionth treatment was administered on Thursday 16 November to a seven-year-old girl named Dorcas, who was at risk of NTDs in Kaduna State, Nigeria.

November 2017
An eye health worker shines a torch into Issa's eyes to check for trachoma.

More than a million people examined for trachoma

In just over a year, more than a million people across four continents have been examined as part of the Tropical Data initiative.

October 2017
A girl is washing her hands under a yellow container.

Lessons from Uganda: how educating communities about hygiene can help to combat trachoma

Trachoma is easily transmitted from person to person, so good hygiene is vital to prevent the disease spreading.

Leah Wohlgemuth, October 2017
District onchocerciasis co-ordinator William Mugayo and Ugandan Secretary of Health Titus Ariyo discuss the mass drug administration project during a radio broadcast with DJ Robert Musasizi.

How radio is saving lives in Uganda

In remote regions of Uganda, radio broadcasts are being used to spread information about diseases such as river blindness, and how they can be treated.

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Uganda moves one step closer to eliminating river blindness

Two more areas and more than a million people in the country have met the World Health Organization criteria for elimination of the disease.

August 2017
A picture of a brown river with trees hanging over it.

Test and treat: tackling river blindness in Cameroon

Sightsavers is trialling an alternative strategy: rather than treating entire populations, the aim is to test residents first to see if they have the disease.

Ruth Dixon, June 2017
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