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A girl from Senegal reads braille in the classroom.

Global project updates

Including news from Senegal, where teachers are being taught braille.

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Tanzania joins the push to make accessible books more widely available

It has become the latest country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows exceptions to standard copyright laws so books can be reproduced in braille and other accessible formats.

September 2019
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Sightsavers’ work to fight disease features in new video

The video, introduced by newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, includes a segment on Sightsavers' work to tackle schistosomiasis in Guinea-Bissau.

September 2019
Muhammed, who has lymphatic filariasis, with health worker Suraji in Nigeria.
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New health programme will protect 200 million people from disease

The Ascend programme, which Sightsavers is leading, aims to tackle six of the world’s worst diseases in 25 countries.

September 2019

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Latest blogs

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Catching the mosquitoes that spread lymphatic filariasis

How our research, which involves testing mosquitoes for signs of the disease, can ensure treatment is directed where it’s needed most.

Dr Rogers Nditanchou, September 2019
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Why water matters: insights from an NTD expert

To mark World Water Week, Sightsavers technical director Geordie Woods explains how water is vital to prevent disease and save sight.

Sightsavers, August 2019
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Universal health coverage in Ghana: how can we really make progress?

At the heart of universal health care is equity, and a key question any country must ask when making roadmaps for UHC is who to include first.

Grace Antwi-Atsu, August 2019

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Latest from the field

Lovemore on a swing smiling after his operation
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A childhood restored and a future secured

In Zambia, Sightsavers’ Corinna May met nine?year-old Lovemore and saw his amazing transformation following cataract surgery.

September 2019
Teachers in Pakistan attend training to learn how to check their students' eyes.
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August updates: highlights from around the world

A round-up of the latest work that your donations help to support, including news from Mozambique, Pakistan, Nigeria and India.

August 2019
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How our research is finding new ways to fight river blindness

For more than 20 years, medication has been distributed in Cameroon to stop the spread of river blindness. Yet people are still testing positive for the disease. We wanted to know why.

August 2019

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A volunteer in Kaduna, Nigeria, holds a dose pole, used to calculate the amount of medication to use to treat people with neglected tropical diseases.

Sightsavers’ vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes.

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