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United States Agency for International Development

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.

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Sightsavers welcomes Sir Clive Jones as new chair of trustees

Broadcasting veteran Sir Clive will take the helm from current chair Martin Dinham, who is stepping down after four years in the role.

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Survey highlights lack of knowledge about UV threat to our eyesight

A Sightsavers survey, in partnership with People’s Postcode Lottery, shows nearly half of Brits don’t choose their sunglasses for UV protection.

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Number of people at risk of trachoma has fallen by 91%

In 2002 there were was about 1.5 billion people worldwide at risk of the eye disease. But new data from the World Health Organization shows this has fallen to just over 142 million people.

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