Neglected tropical diseases are a group of 20 conditions that affect more than a billion people around the world, mainly in rural regions, poor urban areas and conflict zones. The diseases have devastating health, social and economic consequences. Yet they are preventable and treatable.
In the past decade, Sightsavers has supported the significant progress made towards eliminating NTDs. But as resources have been diverted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, this has put elimination targets at risk. In 2023, we’re calling on world leaders to act now, act together and invest in tackling NTDs.
Sightsavers is proud to work with a network of local and global partners, supporting governments in more than 30 countries to combat NTDs. Together, we have delivered more than 1.5 billion NTD treatments to communities at risk since 2001. Read more about our NTD work
Sightsavers spearheads the Accelerate programme, which is supporting countries to make significant progress towards eliminating blinding trachoma. Since 2018, the programme has managed more than 65,000 cases of advanced trachoma, which often requires surgery. Over time, if it’s not treated, the condition can lead to blindness.