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A lab scientist in Nigeria examines samples under a microscope.

How our research could help more than 50 million women

Sightsavers researchers are working to understand how we can care for women with female genital schistosomiasis, a devastating disease that affects millions of women in Africa.

Omosefe Osinoiki, June 2024
A close-up of a lab scientist wearing surgical gear and looking into a microscope.

Sightsavers and RSTMH extend research partnership

The organisations will publish two further collections of research papers in the journal International Health, focusing on river blindness and general research work.

May 2024
A female researcher speaks to a woman about her experience of female genital schistosomiasis.

Why community collaboration is important in our research

Our research on female genital schistosomiasis has shown the need to establish a safe environment for participants when studying sensitive topics.

Omosefe Osinoiki, April 2024
A female community drug distributor measures a girl to see how much medication she needs to protect her from trachoma.

“Our programme has transformed communities”

Now in its sixth year, the Accelerate programme has already delivered 53 million treatments to protect people from trachoma, and managed 91,000 advanced cases of the disease.

Eye care staff perform trachoma surveys on children in Cote D'Ivoire.

Sightsavers’ Accelerate programme gets US$36.5 million funding boost to banish trachoma

The extra funding from international donors will help speed up the elimination of trachoma in Africa by expanding and extending the programme.

March 2024
Dr Ndalela examines a boy's eyes and applies ointment to ease the symptoms of trachoma.

Sightsavers awarded grant to help eliminate trachoma in Zambia

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has given a grant of US$2.19 million to help fight the disease.

January 2024

Expanding the Reaching the Last Mile Fund: a game-changer for river blindness and lymphatic filariasis

The funding pledge is a huge step towards eliminating the diseases.

Phil Downs, December 2023
Eye care staff perform trachoma surveys on children in Cote D'Ivoire.

Sightsavers and RSTMH host learning event on large-scale trachoma programmes

The online event will share key findings on eliminating trachoma from a new collection of research papers published in the International Health journal.

December 2023
A child in Kenya has his eyes checked by an eye health worker wearing gloves and a mask. They're outside in a village with dusty red sand on the ground.

Sightsavers pledges US$60 million to help beat neglected tropical diseases

The funding will be used for programmes that protect people from the harmful effects of trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis and intestinal worms.

December 2023
A boy wearing a bright blue shirt washes his face using water from a tap.

Sightsavers research project aims to map the impact of climate change on NTDs

Sightsavers and the Walker Institute will work with Malawi’s government to explore how climate affects diseases.

November 2023
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