Sightsavers distributes medication and provides eye checks in areas of Sudan damaged by civil war. In 2017 we examined 21,000 people for eye diseases such as trachoma.

Our work in Sudan

Sudan has been damaged by years of civil war, with much of its population facing an inadequate water supply and poor sanitation.

These conditions mean that neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma are rife.

In 2014, Sightsavers began tracking the spread of trachoma in Darfur states, expanding to Khartoum in 2015. This enabled the country’s ministry of health to pinpoint exactly where to run trachoma treatment programmes and offer life-changing support.

In 2016, we began to distribute medication to prevent and treat the disease in central, west and north Darfur – an area the size of France. In 2017 we helped to distribute almost 2 million antibiotic treatments for trachoma, and trained 2,600 local volunteers to give out the medication in their communities. Many of these are women, which enables them to visit homes that men may not otherwise be able to enter because of local customs and culture.

At a glance

Total population
  • 39 million

  • What we focus on
  • Trachoma

    Key programmes
  • A billion NTD treatments
  • Trachoma Mapping Project

  • We teach people about the signs to look out for, so everyone can work together to prevent blindness in their community.
    Dr Bilghis, ophthalmologist in Sudan
    Dr Bilghis
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    How we’re making a difference

    Adam Elkhair, Sightsavers’ programme officer in Sudan, explains how his home country has been destroyed by civil war – and how Sightsavers is helping to protect the sight of the people left behind.

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