World NTD Day

This year on 30 January, we’re calling on the global community to unite, act and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Watch our video to see how Sightsavers staff are calling on the global community to eliminate NTDs.

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On World NTD Day, Sightsavers celebrates the hard-earned progress in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and calls on the global community to work together to eliminate them.

Neglected tropical diseases are a group of 21 conditions that affect more than a billion people around the world, mainly in rural regions, poor urban areas and conflict zones. The diseases have devastating health, social and economic consequences. Yet they are preventable and treatable.

In the past decade, Sightsavers has supported the significant advancements made in the fight against NTDs. But we need to go further. In 2024, we’re calling on world leaders to unite, take action and eliminate these diseases.

How we’re fighting NTDs around the world

Sightsavers is proud to support governments in more than 30 countries to combat NTDs. Together, we have delivered more than 1.7 billion NTD treatments to communities at risk since 2001. Read more about our NTD work

World NYD Day logo, with the text '30 January'

When is it?

World NTD Day takes place every year on 30 January. This is the anniversary of the 2012 London Declaration on NTDs.

How Sightsavers is making an impact

A white and yellow icon of a small bottle of medicine, with one round tablet leaning on its side.

We’ve helped to ensure more than 60 million people no longer need treatment for at least one NTD

We’ve carried out more than 500,000 operations for advanced trachoma

We’ve helped to eliminate NTDs in six African countries

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