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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


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0.7% aid bill passes final vote!

09 March 2015

The bill committing the UK to continue spending 0.7% of gross national income on global aid passed its final vote in the House of Lords today! Continue reading


Fighting for an empowered future

05 March 2015

A group of visually impaired girls in India have been given the chance to fight back against discrimination – literally. Continue reading


How double discrimination punishes women with disabilities

05 March 2015

Today marks International Women's Day, and while it should be a day of celebration, there's not much to celebrate if you're a woman living with a disability in a developing country. Continue reading

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“I don’t know about the future”: stories of women with disabilities

05 March 2015

Stories of empowerment and exclusion from women with disabilities living in developing countries. 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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