Sightsavers continues their global efforts to improve and save the lives of people in over 30 countries. As a worldwide award-winning health organization, Sightsavers is recognized by local organizations, ministries, and governments as an advocate for their citizens to help create sustainable healthcare development-enhanced projects.
- In Nigeria, Sightsavers has donated motorbikes to healthcare workers who are working in the country to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) like river blindness and trachoma. Remote villages throughout Nigeria do not have roadways which can be accessed by car and a motorbike fits perfectly as transportation for workers.
Nigeria carries a third of Africa’s NTDs. Sightsavers is working to control and eliminate NTDs in 13 African states. Sightsavers has been working in Nigeria for more than 60 years with help from their partners like the National Eye Centre, the Kaduna State Eye Care Program, and the National Program for the Prevention of Blindness.
- The Sightsavers work in Cameroon is dedicated to advancing a proven antibiotic called doxycycline to treat river blindness. Doxycycline is helping citizens who have had river blindness for years to see again and it increases their energy levels. Sightsavers has partnered with the Research Foundation of Tropical Diseases and the Environment to treat millions of Cameroon citizens.
Sightsavers is dispensing medications to combat diseases. They are training healthcare workers and village representatives in how to improve hygiene habits and how to distribute medications. Children are being targeted to improve their health and to ensure that they are educated. Adults are aided in their health efforts to participate more fully in society and the country’s democratic process.
III. A CATCH program under the SAFE strategy in Mozambique was designed by Sightsavers and the World Health Organization to target districts like Nacala Porto and Velha in identifying people who are experiencing eye infections or diseases. Camps have been set-up to examine eye issues, they have performed than 100 eye operations and the citizens have been issued eyeglasses and eye drops. SAFE is an acronym that stands for the work being carried out by Sightsavers throughout regions of Africa:
Surgery – to stop eye issues like trachoma, cataracts, and other NTDs
Antibiotics – mass medication distribution to treat eye infections and diseases.
Facial cleanliness – teaching citizens new hygiene habits.
Environment – improve and provide clean water and basic sanitation.
- In 2017 Sightsavers’ work in Guinea has distributed medications to millions and has performed thousands of ocular saving surgeries. Millions in Guinea suffer from NTDs diseases because the country lacks much needed healthcare resources. This is an epidemic that Sightsavers and other health organizations like the World Health Organization are determined to eradicate.
The enemy to neglected tropical disease conditions is attributed to intestinal worms called Schistosomiasis. Sightsavers is leading a campaign to provide de-worming medication and to train volunteers (nurses, doctors, and village representatives) in how to distribute the medication and to educate Guinea families in new hygiene methods.