The Ascend programme, which Sightsavers is leading, aims to tackle six of the world’s worst diseases in 25 countries.
A team from ‘La Vie’, BBC Africa’s French-language health programme, followed the story of two women from Benin as they had surgery for blinding trachoma.
Sightsavers’ research, which involves testing mosquitoes for signs of the disease, can help us to ensure treatment is directed where it’s needed most.
Antibiotics were distributed in the Menia region of northern Egypt, where nearly 10 per cent of children aged one to nine had symptoms of the disease.
The disease has been banished from key areas of Nigeria where it was once endemic, bringing it one step closer to being eliminated.
For more than 20 years, medication has been distributed in Cameroon to stop the spread of river blindness. Yet people are still testing positive for the disease. We wanted to know why.
In the past five years, the DFID SAFE trachoma programme has helped to protect and treat almost 3 million people in Zambia. Here’s what it has taught us.
Sightsavers’ CEO Dr Caroline Harper and the END Fund’s Sam Mayer presented a session looking at how countries are making huge strides towards eliminating neglected tropical diseases.