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Sightsavers and GiveWell

Charity evaluator GiveWell recommends Sightsavers as one of eight ‘top charities’ for our work on treating children for parasitic infections, known as deworming.

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GiveWell, a charity evaluator that recommends outstanding charities to donors, rates Sightsavers as one of its eight top charities.

GiveWell is known for its in-depth analysis to find and recommend charities. For the past three years, we have been recommended for our work to distribute treatment for schistosomiasis, an infection that causes the death of 200,000 people a year in sub-Saharan Africa, and intestinal worms, which affect 1.5 billion people worldwide.

In 2018, following more detailed monitoring of our deworming work and a 50 per cent increase in its estimate of Sightsavers’ cost-effectiveness, GiveWell continued to recommend us for deworming’s “strong track record and excellent cost-effectiveness” and our standout record of transparency.

Sightsavers is proud to have been awarded a $9.7 million grant from GiveWell to scale up deworming projects to treat disabling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as these in five African countries. This will enable us to expand our work to reach new areas in Cameroon and Nigeria and deliver deworming treatments to more than 15 million children in sub-Saharan Africa.

Caroline Harper.

A word from our CEO

“We are very excited to have been rated so highly by GiveWell. Our programmes are incredibly cost-effective, which was key to GiveWell’s decision to choose our deworming programme as a top charity." Dr Caroline Harper

About our programmes

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What are intestinal worms?

Intestinal worms, also known as ‘soil-transmitted helminths’, are part of a group of conditions known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

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What is schistosomiasis?

Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia or ‘snail fever’, is caused by parasites released by freshwater snails. It can cause pain, diarrhoea and death.

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Neglected tropical diseases

Find information about NTDs, a group of 17 parasitic and bacterial infections, some of which kill and others cause physical impairment, including blindness.

For every $1 we receive, including donated supplies, 91% goes on our vital charity work

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Meet the people we’ve supported

Sightsavers Reports

Neema’s story

Neema and her family live in Tanzania, and were taught about the importance of face washing to control the impact and spread of trachoma.

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Sightsavers Reports

Aruna’s story

Despite knowing how important it is to go to school, 12-year-old Aruna struggled to keep up his attendance after catching schistosomiasis, which can cause severe abdominal pain.

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Sightsavers Reports

Embessal’s story

Embessal Moreira, head teacher at a school in northern Guinea-Bissau, has been trained to distribute medication that treats and protects children against intestinal worms.

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