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Many neglected tropical diseases are endemic in Cameroon. In 2018 we distributed more than 4.3 million treatments and trained 21,000 volunteers to give out medication.

Children in Cameroon hold tablets that they will take to prevent the spread of diseases such as trachoma.

More than five million people in Cameroon require treatment for trachoma, and more than 16 million for lymphatic filariasis (LF).

Sightsavers aims to eliminate four 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.

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.

I want to show river blindness to the population and explain to them the reason for this disease.
Cameroon footballer Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Footballer Benoit Assou-Ekotto during a visit to one of Sightsavers' programmes in Cameroon.
A team of surgeons carrying out a cataract operation in Cameroon.

How we’re making a difference in Cameroon

With the help of our partners, we’re pioneering a new way of funding health care in the country. With the help of a development loan, we hope to provide up to 18,000 cataract operations in Cameroon by 2022.

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“The message that we want to say through this radio programme is that people with disabilities have to take part in the electoral process.”

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“I didn’t know that disabled people have the right to vote. I didn’t know if it was for a certain class and a certain age.”

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“People have a lot of misconceptions about blind women. They think that people with visual impairments cannot do anything at all.”

Floreal Serge Adieme wearing dark glasses and holding a white cane.
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“I think if there is a wide mobilisation of the vote among disabled people, it can change things in our country.”

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A battle to reach the ballot box: Cameroon’s growing disability movement

As Cameroon prepares for its general election, Sightsavers Country Director Joseph Oye explains why he hopes more people with disabilities will vote.

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Student Ariane smiles at her desk while wearing her new glasses.
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News from Mali, where a new initiative is helping children with visual impairments to go to school. Plus updates from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Cameroon.

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NTD coordinators in Nigeria receive the keys to their new motorbikes from the Director of Public Health.
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Experts praise Sightsavers’ innovative funding in Cameroon

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