It’s believed more than 17.4 million people (71 per cent of the population) are in danger of contracting lymphatic filariasis, a debilitating infection transmitted via mosquito bite.
More than 2.2 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.
To combat these diseases, Sightsavers distributes medication to treat them and stop the spread of infection. In 2019, we distributed more than 3.6 million treatments for neglected tropical diseases in Côte d’Ivoire and trained 8,600 volunteers to gather data and give out medication to protect against NTDs.