The fifth anniversary of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) has piqued the interest of the media, including coverage in The Guardian of Sightsavers’ joint efforts with the Department for International Development in Nigeria.
Social media has also been abuzz with celebratory messages and information to help people understand how much has been achieved so far, and what’s needed to finish the task of beating these diseases.
The London Declaration is a commitment from donors, endemic countries, non-government organisations and pharmaceutical companies to control, eliminate or eradicate 10 diseases by 2020. These diseases include trachoma and river blindness (onchocerciasis), which Sightsavers works with partner organisations to treat and prevent.
Ndellejong Cosmas Eljong, Sightsavers’ technical adviser for schistosomiasis and intestinal worms, tells us via video about his work to fight parasitic worm infections and how deworming can have a huge impact on communities around the world.
The partnership will test innovative ways to collect and analyse the flies that spread the disease.