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:
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.
The prize was awarded for our inclusion project which promotes the rights of people with disabilities to participate in civic and political life in Cameroon and Senegal.
We’re working with partners in Cameroon and Senegal to ensure people with disabilities are able to take part in every stage of the political process.
Charity evaluator GiveWell has provided a further US$7.8 million to fight intestinal worms and schistosomiasis in Nigeria and Cameroon.
Cameroon has become the second African country to begin to ratify the African Disability Protocol, which addresses unique issues that affect people with disabilities in African countries.
Hear first-hand how Sightsavers is working with GiveWell to control intestinal worms and schistosomiasis, two devastating diseases that affect thousands of children in Cameroon.
Africa is behind on the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, yet there are programmes already in place that can help to distribute vaccines in the continent.
More than 6,300 people have had cataract operations in the past three years at Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute, with safety protocols enabling work to continue during the pandemic.
A campaign to protect school children from worm infections has been launched in Cameroon. Plus news from Burkina Faso, India and more.
A selection of Sightsavers river blindness photographs featured as part of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD) conference.