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.
As Côte d’Ivoire completes its final operations as part of the Accelerate programme to fight trachoma, hear the stories of some of the people involved.
The £4 billion cut includes ending funding for the FCDO's flagship neglected tropical disease programmes, including the Sightsavers-led Ascend West and Central Africa programme.