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The problem

There are 39 million blind people in the world, but 80 per cent of blindness could be prevented or cured. That’s 31.2 million people who are blind when it could have been avoided.

Shocked at how unfair this is? So are we. But you can help us do something about it.

We want to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people who are irreversibly blind or disabled to live independently.

Find out what we’re doing about it

How we’re doing

How you can help


people around the world are blind


of this can be cured or prevented


Four men sitting at a table at the Beyond 2020 discussion event.

Fighting neglected diseases now and beyond 2020

20 February 2015

A roundtable event held today in London brought together experts across fields including health, pharmaceuticals and NGOs to discuss working together towards the elimination of neglected tropical diseases. Continue reading

A man smiling with a crowd of children behind him.

They heard us in New York!

27 February 2015

Sightsavers is pleased to see that a draft document on which the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals will be based has committed to leaving no one behind in the fight against extreme poverty – but we’d like to see it go fur Continue reading

A man in hospital scrubs examines a woman's eyes.

Next steps in eliminating neglected diseases

19 February 2015

A report launched today by the World Health Organization has said it will take US$750 million per year to keep on track with global plans to eliminate neglected tropical diseases. Continue reading

Anuradha wearing a wreath of flowers around her neck, surrounded by members of the disabled people's organisation.

A big win for Bikaner

12 February 2015

Anuradha Pareek, who featured in our Framing Perceptions photo exhibition, has been elected to local government in Bikaner, India! Continue reading


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UK Aid logo_Jan1 2015Sightsavers is one of only nine charities given a ‘high performance’ rating by the UK Department for International Development. Find out more

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