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Our work in Côte d’Ivoire

Sightsavers’ work in Côte d’Ivoire focuses on diseases such as river blindness. In 2021 we distributed 2.7 million treatments and trained 21,000 volunteers to give out medication.

Children queue to be examined by health workers in Cote d'Ivoire.

Neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness are a major health problem in Côte d’Ivoire.

It’s believed more than 21 million people are in danger of contracting lymphatic filariasis, a debilitating infection transmitted via mosquito bite.

More than 4.1 million people are also at risk of river blindness, which can cause severe skin irritation, itching, visual impairment and irreversible blindness. It is spread by the bite of infected black flies.

Thanks to the UK aid flagship neglected tropical disease (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, is supporting ministries to combat these diseases. In addition to supporting efforts to eliminate lymphatic filariasis and river blindness, the programme is also working to protect communities from schistosomiasis and trachoma.

At a glance

Total population
  • 24.9 million

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

  • Key programmes
  • Accelerate
  • Ascend
  • Tropical Data Project

  • The best part of my job is ensuring future generations never lose their sight from diseases such as river blindness.
    Dicko Boubacar, Country Director
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