It’s estimated that 16 million people are at risk of contracting one or more of these debilitating diseases which, if left untreated, can lead to blindness.
To combat this, Sightsavers started work in Burkina Faso in 2011. We carry out mass drug administration programmes in three health districts in the Cascades region, distributing medication to treat and prevent river blindness and trachoma.
In 2018, Sightsavers distributed more than 108,000 treatments across the country and trained 1,300 community volunteers, enabling them to gather data and give out medication to protect against these diseases.
Mariam works as a volunteer in Karfiguela village in Burkina Faso, distributing medication to protect against river blindness. “What really makes me happy is helping to prevent people from catching the disease,” she explains.Read Mariam’s story