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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Neglected tropical diseases
An eye health worker looks at images on a laptop during a trachoma training session.
Sightsavers blog

A good problem: why new training methods are needed to eliminate trachoma

As even more countries get closer to eliminating trachoma, a new challenge is emerging: how to keep the health workforce well-trained on identifying signs of the disease.


African states honoured for beating neglected tropical diseases

Benin and Ghana, two of the countries where Sightsavers works, have been recognised for their success in wiping out several diseases that are prevalent in poor and marginalised communities.

July 2023
A lab scientist in Nigeria examines samples under a microscope.
Sightsavers blog

How our research could help more than 50 million women

Sightsavers researchers are working to understand how we can care for women with female genital schistosomiasis, a devastating disease that affects millions of women in Africa.

Omosefe Osinoiki, June 2023