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.
For more than 20 years, medication has been distributed to stop the spread of river blindness, yet large numbers of people are still testing positive for the disease. Our research is also finding new ways to fight river blindness in Cameroon. Efforts are also being made to reach nomadic communities through a strategy to test and treat them in a way that’s culturally appropriate.
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.
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.Read the story