Our work in Sudan

We distribute medication and carries out eye screenings in areas of Sudan affected by civil war. In 2020 we provided more than 256,000 treatments for eye diseases such as trachoma.

A volunteer uses a coloured pole to check the height of two villagers before giving them medication for trachoma. They are standing in a dusty courtyard area with green trees behind them.

Sudan has been devastated 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 trained 2,600 local volunteers to give out medication in their communities. Many of these volunteers are women, which enables them to visit homes that men may not otherwise be able to enter because of local customs and culture.

In subsequent years we have distributed hundreds of thousands of treatments for eye diseases such as trachoma and carried out eye screenings in areas of Sudan affected by civil war.

At a glance

Total population
  • 41.8 million

  • What we focus on
  • Trachoma

  • Your donation could help to restore sight


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