Sightsavers has been working to combat two of the NTDs for many years: river blindness (onchocerciasis) and trachoma. We have recently pioneered a ground breaking initiative in Zamfara State in Nigeria, to tackle five more NTDs at the same time. Using the vehicle already in place to distribute the drugs to prevent trachoma and river blindness, working with the State drugs were also given out for lymphatic filariasis, the three soil transmitted helminths and schistosomiasis. With systems already in place the cost of preventing the extra diseases is minimal.
You can click here for more information about this exciting project, and find out about the extra diseases Sightsavers is tackling.