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The group has a “strong track record and excellent cost-effectiveness.”INVISION Sightsavers 350The elimination and control of five neglected tropical diseases is a core part of Sightsavers’ work in 24 sub-Saharan African countries.

Sightsavers has been named as one of seven “top charities” by San Francisco-based charity evaluator GiveWell for its work on treating children for parasitic infections, a process also known as deworming.

The elimination and control of five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), some of which cause severe disfigurement and disability, is a core part of Sightsavers’ work in 24 sub-Saharan African countries.

Sightsavers explains that it’s “being recommended by GiveWell to scale up our deworming programmes to distribute treatment for schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths (STH), as part of our integrated NTD programmes in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria and Guinea Bissau.”

Sightsavers notes that it was recognized by GiveWell for offering deworming programs that have a “strong track record and excellent cost-effectiveness” and for maintaining a record of transparency.

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Caroline Harper, CEO of Sightsavers, said: “We are very excited to have been rated so highly by GiveWell. Working with them will allow us to have even greater impact for affected communities in Africa – both by scaling up existing programmes and expanding our reach with new ones.”

Sightsavers is based in the United Kingdom. It operates in the U.S. as Sightsavers Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

The group states on its website: “We work in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently.”

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