Over the past year Sightsavers has been counting down to their one billionth supported treatment for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and have finally reached their target.
The billionth treatment was an integrated antibiotic treatment for river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. It was distributed to a seven-year-old girl named Dorcas, who was at risk of NTDs in a community in Kaduna State, Nigeria as part of UNITED, one of their flagship programmes, funded by UK aid.
They noted that this fantastic achievement had only been possible thanks to the support of their committed funders, partners and a network of local volunteers, known as community directed distributors (CDDs)
Professor Hawking’s father, Dr Frank Hawking, was a pioneer of treatments for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
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