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More than 20 million people in Nigeria are at risk of blindness from trachoma. Our work in the country focuses on treating and protecting people from trachoma and other diseases.

Women carry containers of water on their heads as they return from a river in the village of Garamach in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Sightsavers has been working in Nigeria for more than 60 years, and our first programmes in the country helped to provide eye care to help eliminate avoidable blindness.

Our work in Nigeria today focuses on controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases. It’s thought that 100 million people in Nigeria are at risk of NTDs, and people living in poverty are particularly badly affected. As part of the Global Trachoma Mapping Project, we gathered data about trachoma in Nigeria and found that the country has the second highest burden of trachoma in the world.

As a result, we’ve helped 22 states to map the prevalence of NTDs, so our programmes are accurately targeted where they’re needed most. We work closely with local communities, and we use local volunteers to build trust and encourage people to accept the treatments provided to them. We’re currently working with more than 6,200 community volunteers in Nigeria.

In November 2017 we finally reached our target of providing one billion treatments for NTDs. The billionth treatment, an antibiotic for river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, was distributed to a seven-year-old girl named Dorcas in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Read more about our one billionth treatment.

 

My role is so important to ensure we keep our community healthy. I find joy in being able to help my village stay safe.
Baraka Ango, local volunteer
A portrait of Baraka, a female medicine distributor.

How we’re making a difference in Nigeria

Rebecca takes a selfie with Dorcas, in Nigeria.

A billion treatments

In 2017, the billionth treatment for NTDs was given to seven-year-old Dorcas in Nigeria. Read her story, and hear from the people we've helped.
Read the story

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Super School of 5

This innovative project, in Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and Zambia, features superhero characters to encourage school children to wash their hands.
Meet the superheroes

Community distributor Aliyu gives NTD medication to a young boy in Nigeria.

UNITED in Nigeria

The UNITED project, funded by UK aid, has delivered 116 million treatments to tackle neglected tropical diseases in Nigeria.
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Simon and Dorcas.

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