It’s estimated that 12.4 million people are at risk of contracting one or more NTDs.
We carry out mass drug administration in Burkina Faso, distributing medication to treat and prevent communities from three NTDs.
Thanks to the Accelerate programme we are helping to provide treatment for trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. And under the UK aid 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 Burkina Faso from lymphatic filariasis and river blindness.
In 2019, Sightsavers distributed more than 111,000 treatments across the country and trained 1,500 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