Nigeria - Kebbi


Nigeria - Kebbi

Nigeria - Kebbi:
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Trachoma
  • Schistosomiasis

Nigerians are at risk of lymphatic filariasis.


are at risk for blinding trachoma.


are at risk for schistosomiasis.

More than 5 million people are at risk of contracting NTDs in Nigeria’s second poorest state, Kebbi, which borders Niger and Benin. Nearly 75 percent of the state’s population lives below the global poverty line, often without access to clean water and proper sanitation.

Recent mapping initiatives found parasitic intestinal worms and schistosomiasis – the most deadly NTD – in each of Kebbi state’s 21 regions. Lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) and onchocerciasis (river blindness) are also prevalent throughout the state, infecting up to 40 percent of the population in affected regions. Trachoma, which causes blindness, is endemic in one third of Kebbi state.

Nigeria - Kebbi

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In 2016, END7 pledged $50,000 to support NTD treatment programs in Kebbi state. END7 funds will help Sightsavers International expand mass drug administration efforts to reach more than 5 million people in affected communities and strengthen local health systems by training more than 10,000 community members to identify and treat schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, trachoma and parasitic intestinal worm infections. The Kebbi Ministry of Education will help Sightsavers mobilize schools to ensure the treatment of school-aged children throughout the region, and the Kebbi State Ministry of Health will provide skilled personnel to support daily management of the program at the state level.


The Kebbi State Ministry of Health, the Kebbi State Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs will implement the project in partnership with Sightsavers International. The Kebbi State Ministry of Health will distribute medication and collect and manage data with support from the Federal Ministry of Health.


work continues

Extensive NTD mapping conducted over the last two decades by Sightsavers International provided essential information to plan efficient, cost-effective control efforts. Now the Nigerian government is helping to put those plans into action. This program is not only providing much-needed medicines to endemic communities – it is also helping to build sustainable health systems by engaging communities, training teachers and health workers, and advocating for continued political support for NTD control programs at state and local levels. With continued support, millions living in Kebbi state can be relieved of the burden of these five common but debilitating NTDs.


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Photos by MITOSATH

Key Interventions
in Nigeria - Kebbi
  • Training

    health workers and volunteers

  • Mass Drug Administration

    to treat entire communities

  • Transportation

    of donated medicine