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June 2024 News Wrap

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Milat Berhanu is an ophthalmic nurse. She was one of the participants in the TT surgeon certification training and the disability awareness and inclusion training in Tigray.
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Our work, successes and impact in June 2024.

First-ever child mass trachoma treatment campaign in Tigray

Over 116,000 children have been treated for trachoma in the first-ever child mass treatment campaign in Tigray, Ethiopia. 

This mass drug administration (MDA)* moves us and our partners one step closer in our goal to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem in Ethiopia by 2030.   

Following a survey conducted by Light for the World and the Tigray Health Bureau, seven districts in Tigray reported more than five percent of children have active trachoma cases, which is above the World Health Organisation (WHO)-recommended rate. 

Based on WHO guidance, we conducted a mass treatment, targeting children aged between six months and nine years old. 

A young girl is drinking from a small medicine cup. She is looking to the side, wearing a colourful top and a wooden necklace. She is outside and there is a green chair and white wall behind her.
Esmiely, a three-year-old girl, receives azithromycin syrup during the first ever child MDA held in Tigray. © Ephrem Taye / Light for the World.

Disability inclusion training for trachoma surgeons 

What’s more, twenty ophthalmic nurses across Tigray, who are undergoing certification training* to become Trachomatous Trichiasis (TT) surgeons, have received disability awareness and inclusion training

The training also encouraged TT surgeons and ophthalmic nurses to target and better support people with disabilities when rendering their vital TT surgery services in communities.  

Milat Birhanu, an ophthalmic nurse at Quiha Hospital Secondary Eye Care Unit, who took part in the training, says: “I had an eye-opening experience attending this disability awareness training. I am going to go back and discuss what I learned to make improvements at our secondary eye care unit.” 

*The training and MDA were implemented by Light for the World and RTI in collaboration with the Tigray Regional Health Bureau. And funded by USAID‘s ACT to End Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) | EAST and The END Fund via the ARISE programme.

Parton Musimenta wins Sauti Canvas season two 

Congratulations to Parton Musimenta, the winner of Sauti Canvas season two! 

Musimenta’s performance of I Will Be There by Bebe Rexha left a lasting impression on the audience and judges. 

Sauti Canvas, a partnership between Light for the World, Reach A Hand Uganda, Christian Blind Mission, National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda and NRG-Uganda Radio, is a platform that celebrates and amplifies the talents of young artists with disabilities. 

Season two has demonstrated that inclusion and accessibility goes beyond raising awareness. Through such initiatives, we are taking action to build a creative industry where diversity is celebrated by promoting accessible spaces and opportunities for people with disabilities. Together, let’s ensure equal opportunities for all in the arts.
Big congratulations to all the winners and participants who shared their incredible talents! 

Watch highlights from Sauti Canvas season two below.

Agriculture innovations 

Participants from Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Malawi, India, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Austria, and beyond, have come together to share and scale up successful practices in disability inclusive agriculture and livestock. 

The ‘Learning Route’ brought together decision-makers and Organisations of People with Disabilities (OPDs) in a journey across Malawi. It showcased the impact of services, support mechanisms and co-design ‘AgriLab’ workshops that have enabled the inclusion of people with disabilities in agricultural and livestock value chains. 

This Learning Route is part of the SPARK programme, led by Light for the World, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, in partnership with the International Labour Organisation and Procasur Africa

Two women and two men stand on stage in front of a white screen. One of the men is holding a tool with wheels, adapted for inclusive agriculture.
Presentation of the tools developed to enable inclusive agriculture were among the absolute highlights of the Learning Route. © Procasur Africa.

Impact in Burkina Faso

The IMPACT project has launched in Burkina Faso – bringing emergency support to people in Bittou, Koupela, Tenkodogo and Pouytenga provinces. 

Together with Burkinabe Red Cross and the Pugsada Support and Awakening Association, the project will provide humanitarian assistance, including measures to prevent gender-based violence, and services to support those affected. 

There will also be livelihood training for internally displaced people, focusing on people with disabilities, to generate income and financial resilience. 

The project is funded by the Austrian Development Agency

A group of around 30 pepole stand together on stairs, outside. They are all wearing different colourful clothes and smiling. Two wheelchair users sit in front.
Light for the World and our partners take part in the launch ceremony for the IMPACT programme. ©

The team behind the stories 

Introducing our Global Communications team! 

Colleagues travelled from across Africa and Europe to meet in Vienna this month for a week of exchanging, collaborating and learning. 

We deep-dived into our communications style and structure, exploring ethical storytelling, solutions-based communication, how to make reels, and much more!

A group of 16 people smile, outdoors. The front row sit on a small wall, and the back row of people crouch behind. There are trees and a museum in the background.
Our Global Communications team in Vienna.

In case you missed it

  • We welcomed two new Directors to our team; Lucy Nyaga joins as our International Director of Programmes and Katri Bertram as International Director of Impact & Advocacy. 
  • Disability Inclusion Facilitator, Nicholas Odhiambo, shared his experiences with Nation about mental health stigma and how to tackle it. 
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