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.