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COVID-19 and neglected tropical disease innovation

When COVID-19 forced Sightsavers and partners to pause some NTD programmes in Africa, we worked quickly to adapt and restart them as quickly and safely as possible.

November 2020
A painting of a woman in a hijab with peace symbols in the background.

Junior Painter award winners unveiled

Although unable to celebrate in person, the entries for the Junior Painter of the Year awards for 2019/2020 were remarkable.

November 2020
A community volunteer measures Jumah's height.

Rigorous mitigation strategies vital for restarting NTD community health work

Resuming mass drug administration programmes to treat neglected tropical diseases is essential to reach WHO 2021-2030 NTD Roadmap targets, according to a new report.

November 2020
A small child receives his annual dose of medication to protect him from trachoma.

Transform your idea into a life-changing project to fight NTDs

The Ascend Learning and Innovation Fund is funding projects to accelerate the control and elimination efforts of neglected tropical diseases.

October 2020
A group of women hold hands in a large circle.

Sightsavers' Equal World campaign wins Third Sector award

Sightsavers' innovative campaign app allowed staff in programme countries to collect petition signatures from people living in areas without internet coverage.

October 2020
A close-up of a plastic vial containing the flies that transmit river blindness.

Three Sightsavers nominees win IAPB awards

The accolades, from the the International Association and Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), recognise and celebrate young and upcoming staff and volunteers within the eye health sector.

October 2020
A volunteer drug distributor washing hands washes someone's hands.

Trachoma treatments resume in Nigeria after COVID-19 lockdown

Nigeria is the first Sightsavers-supported country to resume treatments for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since April due to COVID-19.

September 2020
A volunteer inspects a baby's eyes for signs of trachoma.

Commonwealth Fund protects 10 million people from trachoma

Sightsavers and partners delivered 11.7 million trachoma treatments and carried out nearly 32,000 trichiasis surgeries in two years under the Commonwealth Fund.

September 2020
A community volunteer distributed treatment to protect against neglected tropical diseases to a woman.

Health programme exceeds several first-year targets

A Sightsavers-led programme in Africa has surpassed several of its first-year targets as it delivers more than 127 million drug treatments for five debilitating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

September 2020
Atugonza stands proudly outside on a sunny day, wearing his Sightsavers-branded t-shirt.

Sightsavers’ programme graduate stands for local election in Uganda

A graduate of Sightsavers’ innovative Connecting the Dots training programme is standing for election as a local council chairperson in Masindi district, Uganda.

September 2020
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