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Our work in Benin

In Benin, we focus on treating and preventing five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). For example, in 2020 we helped support 94 surgeries for advanced trachoma.

Two Sightsavers staff sit speaking to a man and woman about trachoma.

Sightsavers is working to protect more than 500,000 people in Benin from avoidable blindness by eliminating trachoma.

Trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness, is endemic in Benin. Thanks to the support of our Accelerate programme, we are working to protect communities by supporting surgeries for trachoma trichiasis, the advanced stage of trachoma, as well as treatment through mass drug administration.

Thanks to the UK aid’s flagship NTD programme, Ascend West and Central Africa, as a consortium, Sightsavers along with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), Mott Macdonald, and the SCI Foundation, is supporting ministries to protect communities in Benin from lymphatic filariasis.

At a glance

Total population
  • 11.4 million

  • What we focus on
  • Trachoma
  • Lymphatic filariasis

  • Key programmes
  • Accelerate
  • Ascend

  • Previous programmes
  • Reducing river blindness
  • The best part of my job is ensuring future generations never lose their sight from diseases such as river blindness.
    Dicko Boubacar, Benin Country Director
    Dicko Boubacar Morou.
    An assistant uses mobile phone app technology to enter a patient's surgery data. This innovation improves follow up and aftercare.

    How we’re making a difference in Benin

    In Benin, Sightsavers is using digital technology to help eliminate neglected tropical diseases. Sightsavers' TT Tracker app enables our workers to collect and analyse patient data at the touch of a button.

    See the TT tracker in action

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