One billion treatments for neglected tropical diseases
Sightsavers’ goal is a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes. This video is a celebration of a milestone achievement of ours, where we delivered one billion treatments to people at risk of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
NTDs, are a group of painful, debilitating and poverty-trapping infections that affect around 1.5 billion people across the globe. They include river blindness (onchocerciasis), which causes excruciating itching and eventual sight loss, and lymphatic filariasis (LF), the world’s leading cause of physical disability.
In the video you see seven-year-old Dorcas take a combined treatment for these two diseases, as part of one of Sightsavers’ flagship programmes, UNITED, which is funded by UK aid. Unfortunately it was too late for her grandfather, Simon, who is already blinded by onchocerciasis. But thanks to global collaboration and mass drug administration, future generations are now protected, meaning Dorcas and children like her can go to school and live their lives without the constant threat of NTDs.
Global celebrations, led by Professor Stephen Hawking in 2017, recognised the support of our partners, donors and large network of local volunteers. This video was a core part of our communications activity and helped us celebrate this historic occasion.
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