World NTD Day

Each year on 30 January, our supporters and partners celebrate with us to show they’re 100% committed to eliminating neglected tropical diseases.

An eye health worker checks a child's eyes while sitting on a chair. A group of villagers look on in the background.

On World NTD Day, Sightsavers celebrates the hard-earned progress in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and calls 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 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.

World NYD Day logo, with the text '30 January'

When is it?

World NTD Day takes place every year on 30 January. This is the anniversary of the 2012 London Declaration on NTDs.

600 million
people are no longer at risk of NTDs

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 1.5 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.

You can help us fight NTDs