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Our work in Chad

Millions of people in Chad are at risk of neglected tropical diseases. In 2019, Sightsavers and partners delivered more than 9.7 million treatments to protect communities from lymphatic filariasis and river blindness.

Women gather in their village in the Guera region in southern Chad.

Millions of people in Chad are at risk of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

We’re helping to fight NTDs in Chad through the UK aid’s 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, will support ministries to protect communities in Chad from lymphatic filariasis, river blindness, trachoma, schistosomiasis and intestinal worms, from 2019 to 2022.

In its first year, the programme supported:

  • Delivery of more than 9.6 million treatments
  • Training for 38,000 community volunteers, more than 20,600 lymphatic filariasis and 2,700 trachoma trichiasis case finders
  • Trachoma impact surveys in seven districts in Chad.

The work that took place under the UK aid SAFE trachoma control programme, to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem in Chad, will also continue under the Ascend West and Central Africa programme via the provision of surgeries.

At a glance

Total population
  • 15.3 million

  • What we focus on
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • River blindness
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Intestinal worms
  • Trachoma

  • Key programmes
  • Ascend

  • Previous programmes
  • SAFE: trachoma control

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