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Our work in Nigeria

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.

In November 2017 we 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.

We work closely with local communities, and we use local volunteers to build trust and encourage people to accept the treatments provided to them. In 2018 we trained more 77,900 community volunteers to give out medication.

 

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

Boy is held by his mother, he has a face washing guide in his hand.

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.
About the project

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Celebrating our health workers on World Health Day

As we thank all our health workers on World Health Day, meet six who have worked with Sightsavers to help improve eye care for people in their communities.

Clécio smiles as he stands in front of some homes.
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March updates: highlights from around the world

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March 2020
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This World Glaucoma Week Sightsavers is celebrating the launch of an ambitious partnership which tackles one of the world’s leading causes of blindness.

March 2020
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Sightsavers blog

Celebrating the value of employees with disabilities

Rasak Adekoya shares his career story, tells us about his role helping people with disabilities secure good jobs, and what it’s like leading a film shoot as a blind person.

Sightsavers, March 2020
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Sightsavers from the field

January updates: highlights from around the world

A baby born with cataracts is smiling again following surgery in Zambia, plus stories from India, Nigeria and Bangladesh.

January 2020
A group of female and male community volunteers stand for a portrait holding dose poles.
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World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day: highlights from around the world

On 30 January, Sightsavers joined in celebrations for the first ever World NTD Day around the world.

January 2020
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Sightsavers Reports

Khadijah’s story

Six-year-old Khadijah was getting into trouble at school for not being able to do her work. But following an eye operation she can’t wait to learn to read and write.

A large group of people stand with their awards for tackling river blindness in Nigeria.
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Sightsavers wins award for its work to eliminate river blindness in Nigeria

The Nigerian ministry of health presented the award for Sightsavers' work to treat the disease in Kaduna State.

December 2019
Usman smiles after receiving eye surgery.
Sightsavers from the field

November updates: highlights from around the world

In Nigeria, a lymphatic filariasis patient is planning to marry his partner after receiving treatment to stop his pain. Plus news from Senegal, Zambia and India.

November 2019
Emmanuel Nyamkeen measures a woman's height to determine how much medication to give her.
Sightsavers from the field

October updates: highlights from around the world

In Nigeria, an eye health volunteer has been rewarded for helping to prevent river blindness for more than 20 years. Plus news from Zimbabwe, Ghana and Mali.

October 2019
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Sightsavers blog

Including people with disabilities in African political life

Our research shows that a lack of education and financial resources, social stigma and inaccessible physical infrastructure mean fewer people with disabilities are participating in politics in Africa.

Bhavisha Virendrakumar, October 2019
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How Sightsavers celebrated World Sight Day

To mark World Sight Day 2019 on 10 October, Sightsavers country offices celebrated by highlighting the need to provide good-quality eye care to everyone.

October 2019

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