Sightsavers Is The Evil Worms’ Worst Enemy

The world’s most developed countries include most nations in Western and Central Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia. These countries are home to some of the best healthcare systems on planet Earth.


Thankfully, people, governments, and organizations are constantly involved in helping people from developing – also known as third-world countries – countries stay on top of their health issues.


Take, for example, Sightsavers. Founded nearly four scores ago, the blind United Kingdom resident Sir John Foster Wilson – he was blinded wholly and permanently by an accident in one of his high school’s chemistry classes – originally formed the organization as the British Empire Society for the Blind; later, its name was changed to the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind after the United Kingdom’s then-queen granted it royal privileges.


Since it was created some 68 years ago, Sightsavers has stopped roughly 300 million people around the world’s poorest regions of its worst-off countries stay out of the throes of onchocerciasis – also known as river blindness – funded the proper surgeries of about 6.25 million people with cataracts so thick that they were considered legally blind, and given about 50 million people the right kind and sufficient amounts to cover full courses of treatment and prevention against trachoma, a disease infamous for causing blindness called Chlamydia trachomatis.


Worms aren’t friends of people in these places, either


In the United States – not to mention most developed places around the world, as well – we know worms as the kind-of-long, slimy, squirmy fellows that live in gardens, flower beds, and in rich soil. Even though worms are mostly our friends in the US, they’re not in India and sub-Saharan Africa.


Sightsavers works around these two areas to deworm people for roughly $1.19 per kid, though treating people – those affected by either of the two NTDs (neglected tropical diseases), schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis, undergo quite a bit of pain and tons of worry before they’re treated, even if those treatments come as promptly as possible – costs $0.55 per developed case.


This nonprofit organization gets help from GiveWell to support some of its deworming programs around the world. GiveWell was founded over a decade ago and regularly gives multiple millions of dollars to Sightsavers to prevent preventable blindness.

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