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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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Update: the world’s largest infectious disease mapping project

25 July 2014

The Sightsavers-led global trachoma mapping project has so far seen more than 1.7 million people examined for signs of the blinding disease trachoma. Continue reading

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How your donations changed lives in 2013

14 July 2014

Working with our partners, last year we provided life-changing treatments, surgeries and support to more than 106 million people in developing countries. Continue reading

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The response we’ve been waiting for!

27 June 2014

Today marks a momentous occasion for the 800 million people living with disabilities in developing countries – the UK government has pledged to include them in its development programmes. Continue reading

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World Bank hosts river blindness summit

20 June 2014

On Friday 20 June the World Bank is hosting the River Blindness: 40th Anniversary Summit in Washington DC. Continue reading


For every £1 we receive (including donated supplies)


is spent on our vital work


grows awareness and funds


keeps us running

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