Sightsavers has two main missions; first, to protect the world from avoidable diseases that cause blindness; and, second, to have people who suffer from disabilities participate equally in society. Their first goal, as their name suggest, is to protect peoples vision. One way they do this is by traveling to the poorest countries in the world where they offer not only education on how these diseases can be avoided, but also treatment for people whose eyesight is suffering. Their second goal, to create equality for the disabled, is accomplished by offering vocational training that allows these children to attend school.
Recently, on the Sightsavers blog, an article was posted about the importance of teaching poor countries, like Uganda, about personal hygiene and how it can help fight trachoma, a disease that causes blindness. Unfortunately, trachoma is highly contagious and can very simply be passed from person to person by dirty faces and/or hands. This is precisely why it is critical these communities are taught about good hygiene.
In order to fight the spread of this disease, cross-sector collaboration has to take place. The key to these cross-sector collaborations being successful is that they have to gain the residence trust. For example, in Uganda, the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) organization is an organization that has earned the peoples trust and is also working to improve the current sanitation methods within the country. Additionally, WASH is working to create access to clean water, bathrooms, and hand and face washing centers, all of which improve personal hygiene and sanitation; which, in turn, are connected to the elimination of trachoma.