Sector in which the organization works:


Short description of the organization and its work to control and eliminate NTDs

Sightsavers primarily works in the areas of river blindness (onchocerciasis), trachoma and lymphatic filariasis but as our programmes become more established we are expanding our work to include other NTDs including, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths. This will have the overall effect of not only improving the health of the communities we work in but making programmes more cost effective as we are able to join forces with other NGOs and agencies rather than work being duplicated.

For the blinding NTDs Sightsavers has developed fast track plans for the elimination of blinding trachoma and the elimination of the transmission of onchocerciasis in our project areas.

Treatments in 2011 include 24 million against onchocerciasis, 34 million against LF, 4.6 million treatments against trachoma (along with supporting 18,000 surgeries) and for the first time treatments for schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths.