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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
A group of women wait for their turn to be screened at a trachoma outreach camp in the Pwani region of eastern Tanzania.

Sightsavers CEO hails progress on tackling NTDs in East Africa

Dr Caroline Harper visited Tanzania and Uganda this week to highlight the advances being made to eliminate blinding trachoma.

June 2017
Children in northern Nigeria wait to receive medication as part of a mass drug distribution programme to treat NTDs.

Sightsavers’ Nigeria Country Director elected to key NTD role

Dr Sunday Isiyaku will lead the non-governmental development organisation coalition for neglected tropical diseases and eye health in Nigeria.

May 2017
A young boy holds out his hand which has a pill in it. He is smiling and standing outside.

IZUMI Foundation funding supports Liberia to tackle blinding NTDs

Sightsavers has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Foundation for its work in Liberia to eliminate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis.

May 2017
Picture of Simon Bush Director of NTD's

We’re making progress in the fight against neglected tropical diseases

Last week the spotlight was shone firmly on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The week kicked off with an announcement by UK Aid.

Simon Bush, April 2017
Simon Peter Otoyo

International media highlight Sightsavers’ work

Sightsavers’ efforts to eliminate NTDs and support people with disabilities to live independent lives were featured in internationally influential media.

April 2017
A trainer in Uganda shows a student how to use a measuring stick to calculate drug dosages.

WHO shows progress made on eliminating neglected tropical diseases

The number of people at risk from neglected tropical diseases has fallen by 20 per cent in the past five years, according to WHO.

April 2017
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