The US government has engaged in international health activities for more than a century, and today is the largest funder and implementer of global health projects worldwide. As one of the most influential bilateral donor agencies, USAID is an important partner for Sightsavers.
Since 2011 we have been part of ENVISION, a five-year global project funded by USAID to support national neglected tropical disease (NTD) work to control and eliminate seven targeted NTDs. As part of ENVISION, Sightsavers supports the National NTDs Programme in Cameroon, working through Helen Keller International (the lead recipient of the ENVISION funding) and the Ministry of Public Health. This involves initial advocacy, training and community activities, leading on to mass drug administration campaigns with subsequent supervision and monitoring.
As part of the project Sightsavers has also carried out mapping of trachoma in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Chad, Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire and Malawi. This is contributing to the findings of the Global Trachoma Mapping Project, funded by the UK Department for International Development.
Sightsavers has also received several grants since 2007 through USAID’s Child Blindness Program, which aims to deliver quality eye care services to children and increase global knowledge of child eye care through innovation and the implementation of best practices. With this funding, we have carried out eye care interventions and capacity-building activities in Malawi, Uganda and Bangladesh.