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Sightsavers celebrates progress against neglected tropical diseases

February 2017
A group of community-directed distributors from Zamfara State, Nigeria.

Community-directed distributors from Zamfara State in Nigeria volunteer their time to distribute treatments to people at risk of NTDs.

Sightsavers has joined its partners to celebrate the progress made towards beating some of the world’s most painful and blinding diseases.

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.

Find out more about Sightsavers’ role in this blog from Simon Bush, our Director of NTDs, or follow the anniversary celebrations on social media.

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