WASHing away blinding trachoma

Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that is one of the world’s leading causes of preventable blindness.

It is one of 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect more than 1 billion of the world’s poorest people. Yet we have the tools to prevent transmission of trachoma, and to eliminate blinding trachoma by 2020.

Improved access to safe water and adequate sanitation, and the implementation of good hygiene practices, are essential for trachoma prevention and control.

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A large group of school students in Malawi. They're wearing bright blue uniforms and are gathered outside, smiling and cheering.
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In 2022, thanks to you…

It’s been another amazing year where we’ve been able to protect sight, fight disease and empower people with disabilities. Here, we share our highlights, all made possible by you.

December 2022
A young boy drinks water after receiving preventative medication for lymphatic filariasis in Guinea-Bissau.

Sightsavers awarded grant to fight neglected tropical diseases in Guinea-Bissau

The Astellas Global Health Foundation is giving US$536,700 to help combat river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis and intestinal worms.

December 2022
Epidemiologist Michael Dejene, who is collecting data on trachoma, crouches next to a woman who is sorting produce.
Sightsavers from the field

“We’re playing a critical role to banish trachoma”

Since 2012, Sightsavers has been using smartphones to collect high-quality data, so that countries can effectively map the disease and focus their elimination efforts.

December 2022