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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


Screenshot of interactive map.

Trachoma mapping project identifies 100 million people at risk from blindness

10 February 2016

The largest infectious disease survey ever undertaken has ended, providing essential data to help take the next steps to eliminate the disease. Continue reading

The plaque unveiled at the facility.

Official opening of Sightsavers supported Ophthalmology unit in Jamaica

05 February 2016

We are pleased to announce that a new ophthalmology unit and theatre was officially opened at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Jamaica, in January. Continue reading

Screenshot of online induction scheme.

Specsavers selects Sightsavers as charity partner for new induction scheme

03 February 2016

Specsavers' employees are able to donate to Sightsavers as part of their new induction programme. Continue reading


Sightsavers features on American NPR Morning Edition

14 January 2016

National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent, Jason Beaubien, spoke on the American show’s Morning Edition today about his recent trip to Ghana with Sightsavers. Continue reading


For every £1 we receive (including donated supplies)


goes towards our vital work


grows awareness and funds


makes sure everything runs properly

UK aid from the British people.Sightsavers is one of only nine charities given a ‘high performance’ rating by the UK Department for International Development as part of a 2012 Independent Performance Review of their Programme Partnership Arrangement. Find out more.

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