Sightsavers is proud to work with a network of local and global partners to combat NTDs. Together we have delivered more than one billion treatments to communities at risk. We lead the UK aid-funded Ascend programme, which aims to treat five diseases in 13 countries over the next three years. Sightsavers also spearheads the Accelerate programme, which is supporting 14 countries to make significant progress towards eliminating blinding trachoma.
Despite great developments, the global mission to eliminate NTDs has not yet been achieved. More funding, collaboration and support is needed to rid the world of these painful and poverty-trapping conditions.
Our sight-saving work in rural Kenya was featured in BBC coverage for World NTD Day 2020.
On 30 January, Sightsavers joined in celebrations for the first ever World NTD Day around the world.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo may have the highest burdens of neglected tropical diseases. But people on the ground are working to protect communities.
2020 will be a decisive year for NTDs. Later in the year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to launch new NTD goals to guide progress until 2030. In response, leaders will have the opportunity and responsibility to recommit to beating NTDs and put political and financial resources behind their words.
Together we can enhance the health, quality of life and future wellbeing of people affected by neglected tropical diseases.