The Health and Development Support Programme (HANDS) is a Non-governmental Development Organization working to improve public health activities that will bring about good health and wellbeing of the communities that we provide services of controlling and eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and prevention of blindness. The project coordinating office is located in Jos, Plateau State Nigeria. The choice of the location is for easy access to the supported states of Kano, Jigawa, Yobe and Federal Capital Territory (Abuja).


    was conceived in 1995 as a CBM directed programme in Nigeria. Its objective was to support the National Onchocerciasis Control Programme in eradicating preventative blindness under the Vision 2020 Global Plan.
  • Health and Development Support Programme is partnering with the Government of Kano, Jigawa, Yobe and FCT (Abuja) in the control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) using mass drug distribution through local health agents and community volunteers.

    Through this programme, local communities are empowered to fight NTDs in their own villages, relieving suffering and slowing transmission of the disease. The organization also provides medical eye care services through Primary Eye Care programmes including community low vision services, cataract and lid surgery, outreach camps, and training of community based medical eye care personnel. HANDS focus and expertise includes advocacy, technical and managerial support, community mobilization and sensitization, personnel training, drug distribution, monitoring, supervision and evaluation of activities related to Trachoma, Schistosomiasis, Soil Transmitted Helminths, Lymphatic Filariasis, Low Vision and Primary Eye Care Services. The organization is equipped to take-up other health and development intervention programmes that would improve quality of life of the people in the society.

Core Values

  • 1) We are committed to human development.

  • 2) We provide our services to all mankind irrespective of their nationality, tribe, gender, religion, colour or race without favouritism.

  • 3) We show dedication and transparency in all we do.

  • 4) We are accountable to our partners and clients.

  • 5) We give correct information to the public on health and other matters.

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