World NTD Day

On 30 January, our supporters and partners showed they’re 100% committed to eliminating neglected tropical diseases by featuring on Sightsavers’ social media wall.

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To mark World NTD Day, Sightsavers celebrated the hard-earned progress in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and called on the global community to work together to eliminate them.

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 recent cuts to aid funding have put elimination targets at risk. 

This World NTD Day, we showed we are 100% committed to ending NTDs. And together, we called on leaders around the world to play their part and show they are committed too, by signing the Kigali Declaration on NTDs. 

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When is World NTD Day?

The celebration takes place every year on 30 January. This is the anniversary of the 2012 London Declaration on NTDs, which united global partners to push for greater action on these diseases.

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Play your part: post on our social media wall

Featuring on the wall will highlight your commitment to helping us eliminate NTDs, and will inspire others by showing that it is within our power to make these diseases a thing of the past.

Find out how to post

How we’re fighting NTDs around the world

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 1.2 billion NTD treatments to communities at risk since 2001. Read more about our NTD work

Sightsavers spearheads the Accelerate programme, which is supporting 14 countries to make significant progress towards eliminating blinding trachoma. Since 2018, the programme has managed more than 50,000 cases of advanced trachoma, which often requires surgery. Over time, if it’s not treated, the condition can lead to blindness.

600 million
people are no longer at risk of NTDs

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