Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of conditions that cause long-term suffering and often result in disfigurement and disability. Globally, NTDs affect more than one billion people. They most commonly affect the world’s poorest people, as poor sanitation and lack of access to clean water and healthcare leaves people at greater risk.
CBM is working in three of the poorest states in Nigeria to eliminate five NTDs, including River Blindness (onchocerciasis) and Trachoma. If left untreated, these infectious diseases can cause irreversible blindness.
Working in partnership with Health and Development Support Programme (HANDS), we are distributing antibiotics to whole communities to treat the diseases and prevent re-infection and, in extreme cases of trachoma, carrying out surgeries to restore sight – including training 26 surgeons.
This programme is supported by the Department for International Development (DFID).