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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. In 2017 we distributed more than 1.5 million NTD treatments to people at risk.

Our work in Republic of Congo

The neglected tropical disease river blindness is endemic in the Congo, with an estimated 518,000 people requiring preventative medicine to protect against it.

Sightsavers supports a programme that works to eliminate river blindness in the country. The project aims to control the disease and eventually eliminate it, as well as improve the quality of treatment by training health workers and volunteers to distribute medication in the community.

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