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The Gambia

Our work in The Gambia focuses on eliminating trachoma, an infectious disease that can cause immense pain and blindness.

Juledh outside her home with her brother, Jadeh Ceesay and sister Mariam.

Sightsavers works with The Gambia’s ministry of health and social welfare to control and eliminate trachoma.

We treat people with advanced stages of the disease, often through surgery, and monitor active cases of trachoma across the country.  The project distributes antibiotics to protect against the disease.

Sightsavers also aims to increase the number of people trained to diagnose and treat refractive error.  We have provided spectacles for those who need them, and helped to set up a new vision centre in the country, which we publicised through radio shows, billboards and posters.

In previous years we’ve also helped to diagnose and treat cataracts in The Gambia, providing sight-saving surgery to restore people’s vision.

At a glance

Total population
  • 2 million

  • What we focus on
  • Refractive error
  • Trachoma

    Key programmes
  • A billion NTD treatments

  • I’m very happy that the operation has been a success. Now I’ll be able to pound the rice and look after the children.
    Juledh, cataract patient in The Gambia
    A lady wearing dark glasses smiles.
    A male trachoma patient sitting outside, smiling.

    How we’re making a difference

    Yaya caught trachoma four years ago. As his sight deteriorated, he suffered constant pain and was unable to fulfil his duties as head of the village. But thanks to a straightforward operation, the pain is gone and he is once again leading his community.

    Read Yaya’s story

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