In Nigeria, Sightsavers' Rebecca Mintrim joined the celebrations for the billionth NTD treatment.
Research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases says distributing medication on a large scale in urban areas may not be the most effective solution.
These colourful poles are used by community volunteers in the battle to eliminate neglected tropical diseases. But what are they, and how do they work?
Sightsavers’ Simon Bush says that as we draw closer to eliminating NTDs, this next chapter will be our most challenging – yet also the most rewarding.
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”.
Dr Philip Downs, Sightsavers Technical Director for NTDs, explains how working together will help us tackle these debilitating diseases for good.
The charity evaluator has included Sightsavers on its list of nine top charities for its work treating children for parasitic infections, known as deworming.
Professor Hawking spoke at Sightsavers’ event to mark the one billionth treatment for neglected tropical diseases: watch the full video of his speech here.
The physicist will lead global celebrations to mark the one billionth treatment that Sightsavers and partners have delivered to tackle NTDs.