Sightsavers have administered their one billionth treatment to a 7-year-old girl named Dorcas, who was at risk of NTDs in Kudaru, a community in Kaduna State, Nigeria. It was a combined treatment for onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis through one of Sightsavers flagship programmes, UNITED, which is funded by UK aid. She received this treatment alongside her grandfather, Simon, who was made blind from onchocerciasis decades before.
“We are proud that our one billion treatments have transformed communities and changed the lives of millions of individual people. But whilst vital progress is being made to control and eliminate NTDs, we need to continue our work and consign these painful diseases to the history books.
To do this, Sightsavers and partners urgently need the support of donors and endemic-country governments to commit to additional funding and support to help eliminate NTDs for good.
We need to continue to work in partnership to strengthen healthcare systems from the inside and ensure support is given to the people who need it. Together, we want to tackle the problems at the root of NTDs – the sorts of things many of us take for granted, like access to clean water, sanitation facilities and education.
We each have a part to play in helping to eliminate painful and poverty-trapping NTDs. Together we can enhance the health, quality of life and future wellbeing of millions of people.”
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Topic: Optical News