Sightsavers named one of GiveWell’s top charities for third year

November 2018
A health worker gives a schoolgirl a tablet to protect against intestinal worms.
GiveWell supported a deworming programme at St Mary’s Catholic School in Lokoja, central Nigeria, in May 2017.

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.

A schoolgirl holds a tablet in her hand and smiles.

UPDATE: Sightsavers receives $9.7 million GiveWell grant

The grant, awarded in January 2019, will enable us to deliver deworming treatments to more than 15 million children in sub-Saharan Africa.

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A woman crouches in a stream using a bucket to collect water in Nigeria.

What are intestinal worms?

Intestinal worms, also known as ‘soil-transmitted helminths’, are part of a group of conditions known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

A volunteer places medication in a man's outstretched hand.

What is schistosomiasis?

Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia or ‘snail fever’, is caused by parasites released by freshwater snails. It can cause pain, diarrhoea and death.

Children in Malawi queue up to have their eyes checked by an eye health worker.

Neglected tropical diseases

Find information about NTDs, a group of 17 parasitic and bacterial infections, some of which kill and others cause physical impairment, including blindness.