Our work in Cameroon

Many neglected tropical diseases are endemic in Cameroon. In 2021 we distributed more than 9.4 million treatments and trained more than 16,000 volunteers to give out medication.

A scenic landscape in Cameroon showing a lush river with vegetation and trees either side.

More than 243,000 people in Cameroon require treatment for trachoma, and more than 1.6 million for lymphatic filariasis (LF).

Sightsavers aims to eliminate three neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), including trachoma, river blindness and LF, in the country by distributing medication to stop the spread and transmission of the diseases. We also help to train health workers and community representatives to give out medication and promote good hygiene.

Deworming programmes have had a huge impact in Cameroon. At the end of 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a deworming campaign supported by GiveWell went ahead in western Cameroon to protect children from disease.

It is estimated that two million people in Cameroon have some form of disability. Sightsavers is working to ensure that children with disabilities, including those with visual impairments, are able to go to school and can be educated alongside their peers. We also aim to help adults with disabilities participate fully in society by ensuring they can take part in politics and the democratic process.

View the full video of our Cameroon country director explaining how Sightsavers is helping to achieve the UN’s Global Goals in Cameroon.

After taking the deworming medication, I do not have a tummy ache any more.
Student Ngo, aged 10
A school student smiles in the classroom. She's wearing a mask on her chin.
A man gives a woman treatment to protect her from neglected tropical diseases.

How we’re making a difference in Cameroon

How do you provide treatment for neglected tropical diseases like river blindness when you can’t find some of the people who are most at risk? Find out how we reach and treat nomadic communities.

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In Cameroon, a schoolboy in a classroom has a drink of water after taking deworming medication.
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