For the third year running, Sightsavers been named one of the top charities by charity evaluator GiveWell for its work treating children for parasitic infections, a process also known as deworming.
GiveWell is a non-profit organisation that carries out in-depth analysis to find and recommend outstanding charities to donors. Sightsavers has been recommended for its deworming programmes to distribute treatment for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths, as part of programmes in sub-Saharan African countries including Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau.
In 2018, Sightsavers has been commended for improving its cost-effectiveness – one of the measures that GiveWell uses to rate its top charities.
Sightsavers CEO Caroline Harper said: “We are very excited to have been announced as one of GiveWell’s top charities for a third year running. The NTDs we treat through our deworming programmes trap people in a cycle of poor health and poverty, and those most at risk are children of school age. Working with GiveWell will enable us to have an even greater impact in affected communities in Africa.”
Sightsavers’ deworming programmes are changing the lives of children such as Aruna from Guinea-Bissau: he struggled to attend school after catching schistosomiasis, which can cause severe abdominal pain. Thanks to Sightsavers’ programme, he was given medication to treat the infection and is now back at school. Read Aruna’s story
Read more about our work with GiveWell, or watch our video below to learn more about our work across Africa and Asia.