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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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News from Sightsavers

A small child receives his annual dose of Zithromax to protect him from trachoma.
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COVID-19 prevention messaging to reach millions in Africa

Sightsavers has joined forces with M&C Saatchi World Services to produce new COVID-19 awareness campaigns that will reach millions of people.

August 2020
Nine-year-old Sumaiya smiling after her cataract operation at a hospital in Bangladesh.
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WHO passes resolution urging countries to prioritise eye health

The World Health Organization passed a Resolution on The World Report on Vision in an effort to reach the 1 billion people worldwide who do not have access to vital eye care services.

August 2020
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New website showcases innovation and research for a disability-inclusive future

Inclusive Futures, a consortium of 16 global partner organisations advocating for disability inclusion, launched its new website on 20 July.

July 2020

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