Helen Keller International
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Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs
Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) is a private voluntary organization whose mission is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. HKI is a technical assistance agency and emphasizes building technical and operational capacity of local partners to provide needed services to those in need. HKI seeks to develop, test and scale-up effective interventions, and to embed sustainable delivery of the interventions within partner and community structures. Our areas of expertise encompass nutrition, eye health and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). HKI’s global reach extends to 22 countries around the world.
Controlling NTDs cuts across both of HKI’s main program areas of eye health and nutrition. HKI has been at the forefront of combating the two blinding NTDs (trachoma and onchocerciasis) for decades. HKI has had extensive involvement in controlling soil-transmitted helminths (STHs), has combatted schistosomiasis for over a decade because of its link to anemia, and has worked to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) through the community-directed delivery model.
HKI is a founding member or partner of key NTD partnerships including: The African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC); the NGDO Coordination Group for Onchocerciasis Control (founding member); VISION 2020 (the WHO-led global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020); Alliance for the Global Elimination of Blinding Trachoma by 2020 (GET 2020 – founding member); The International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC); the Global Alliance for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF); and The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control (GNNTDC). HKI also collaborates with the West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI).