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Republic of Congo

Sightsavers’ work in the Republic of Congo focuses on preventing the spread of neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness, by distributing treatments to people at risk.

A man is holding up a test tube with dirty water and flies in it,

Diseases such as river blindness are endemic in Republic of Congo, with an estimated 518,000 people needing medication to protect against this potentially blinding disease.

River blindness, one of a group of conditions known as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), is spread by the bite of infected black flies that breed near fast-flowing rivers. The disease can cause severe irritation and itching. If it’s not treated, it can eventually lead to blindness.

Sightsavers and partners aim to eliminate river blindness in the country by distributing medication to protect and treat the disease, as well as improving the quality of treatment by training health workers and volunteers to give out medication in the community.

At a glance

Total population
  • 5.1 million

  • What we focus on
  • River blindness

  • Key programmes
  • A billion NTD treatments

  • Your donation could help to protect sight

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