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Protecting sight and fighting for disability rights

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I’m so thankful now I can see clearly. I can return to my life a happy man.
Peter Joseph, Tanzania
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Our story

Sightsavers’ vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where visually impaired people participate equally in society.

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Visit our news and blogs pages to keep up to date with Sightsavers’ latest news reports, updates from the field in Africa and Asia, and international health news.

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There are so many ways you can fundraise for Sightsavers to help transform the future for people in the poorest parts of the world.

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Working globally

We work in more than 30 countries around the world.

We partner with local, regional and national organisations, ministries, governments and non-governmental organisations to distribute disease treatments, carry out operations and eye examinations, advocate for people with disabilities and strengthen local health systems.

Africa

The majority of Sightsavers’ work takes place in sub-Saharan Africa, and we also have regional support offices in Kenya (covering East Africa) and Senegal (covering East, Central and Southern Africa).

  • Benin

    Our work in Benin focuses on treating and preventing neglected tropical diseases. In 2016 Sightsavers and its partners distributed 3.7 million treatments for river blindness and 1.6  million for lymphatic filariasis.

    Our work in Benin
  • Burkina Faso

    Sightsavers is working to eliminate trachoma and river blindness in Burkina Faso. In 2016 we distributed 46,000 treatments for river blindness, and trained more than 570 volunteers to give out medication.

    Our work in Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon

    Many neglected tropical diseases are endemic in Cameroon. In 2016 Sightsavers distributed more than 13.7 million NTD treatments and helped to educate and train more than 300 people with disabilities.

    Our work in Cameroon
  • Chad

    Trachoma has been a public health problem in Chad since the 1970s. In 2016, Sightsavers distributed more than 2.3 million antibiotic treatments to control the spread of trachoma in the country.

    Our work in Chad
  • Côte d’Ivoire

    Sightsavers’ work in Côte d’Ivoire focuses on treating neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness. In 2016 we distributed 3.4 million NTD treatments and trained almost 8,000 volunteers to give out medication.

    Our work in Côte d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo

    Neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness affect millions of people in DRC. In 2016 we helped to distribute more than 3.2 million treatments to prevent the spread of these debilitating diseases.

    Our work in Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ethiopia

    More than 75 million people in Ethiopia live in trachoma-endemic areas – the highest of any country in the world. In 2016, we helped to distribute 9.3 million antibiotic treatments for trachoma in the country.

    Our work in Ethiopia
  • The Gambia

    Blinding trachoma is still prevalent in The Gambia, and much of Sightsavers’ work in the country focuses on distributing antibiotic treatments and supporting sight-saving surgery to treat the disease.

    Our work in The Gambia
  • Ghana

    It’s estimated that 200,000 people in Ghana are blind, more than half because of untreated cataracts. In 2016, Sightsavers helped to examine more than 63,000 people for eye conditions to enable them to be treated.

    Our work in Ghana
  • Guinea

    Sightsavers’ work in Guinea focuses on preventing the spread of neglected tropical diseases. In 2016 we helped to distribute almost 2.8 million NTD treatments and supported 1,700 sight-saving surgeries.

    Our work in Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau

    Neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma and river blindness continue to affect Guinea-Bissau. In 2016 we helped to distribute more than 1.8 million treatments to stop the spread of these diseases.

    Our work in Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya

    Much of our work in Kenya focuses on neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma, and in 2016 we distributed 435,000 NTD treatments to help prevent and treat these debilitating diseases.

    Our work in Kenya
  • Liberia

    Many people in Liberia  suffer from neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness. In 2016, Sightsavers helped to distribute more than 8.3 million NTD treatments to stop the spread of these diseases.

    Our work in Liberia
  • Malawi

    It’s estimated that more than 160,000 people in Malawi have impaired vision because of cataracts. In 2016 Sightsavers examined 108,000 people to check for eye conditions and enable them to be treated.

    Our work in Malawi
  • Mali

    In 2016, Sightsavers distributed more than 6.2 million treatments in Mali to stop the spread of neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness, and trained 8,000 local volunteers to give out the medication.

    Our work in Mali
  • Mozambique

    Untreated eye problems continue to affect many people in Mozambique. In 2016 Sightsavers helped to carry almost 85,000 eye examinations and supported 2,700 sight-saving cataract operations.

    Our work in Mozambique
  • Nigeria

    In 2016, Sightsavers work in Nigeria included distributing 60 million treatments for neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma, and training more than 63,000 volunteers to give out medication.

    Our work in Nigeria
  • Republic of Congo

    Sightsavers’ work in the Republic of Congo focuses on preventing the spread of neglected tropical diseases such as river blindness. In 2016 we distributed more than 700,000 NTD treatments to people at risk.

    Our work in Republic of Congo
  • Senegal

    Sightsavers’ work in Senegal focuses on eye screening and surgery. In 2016 we supported 5,600 sight-saving operations for conditions such as cataracts, and screened 16,000 people for refractive error.

    Our work in Senegal
  • Sierra Leone

    Sightsavers’ main focus in Sierra Leone is treating and preventing the spread of neglected tropical diseases. In 2016 we helped to distribute more than 15 million NTD treatments to tackle these debilitating diseases.

    Our work in Sierra Leone
  • Sudan

    Trachoma continues to affect many people in Republic of the Sudan. In 2016, Sightsavers examined 60,000 people for eye conditions and distributed almost 1.8 million antibiotic treatments to help prevent trachoma.

    Our work in Sudan
  • South Sudan

    River blindness continues to affect many people in Republic of South Sudan. In 2016 we helped to distribute almost 200,000 treatments to prevent the spread of this neglected tropical disease.

    Our work in South Sudan
  • Tanzania

    Sightsavers has been working in Tanzania since the 1970s. In 2016 we examined almost 180,000 people to check for eye conditions such as cataracts, and supported 11,500 sight-saving operations.

    Our work in Tanzania
  • Togo

    Sightsavers’ work in Togo focuses on preventing river blindness. In 2016, we helped to distribute more than 4.2 million treatments for the disease in Togo, and trained 11,000 volunteers to give out the medication.

    Our work in Togo
  • Uganda

    Sightsavers’ focus in Uganda is to strengthen local health systems, promote social inclusion and tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In 2016 we distributed 270,000 treatments for NTDs and supported almost 10,000 sight-saving operations.

     

    Our work in Uganda
  • Zambia

    Sightsavers is working towards eliminating blinding trachoma in Zambia by 2020, and in 2016 we distributed more than 1.2 million treatments to help control the spread of the disease.

    Our work in Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

    Untreated cataracts are a major cause of blindness in Zimbabwe. In 2016, our work here included examining 25,000 people for eye conditions, as well as supporting more than 750 sight-saving cataract operations.

    Our work in Zimbabwe

Asia

Sightsavers’ work in Asia is mainly concentrated on India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. We also have a Middle Eastern office in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Bangladesh

    Bangladesh has one of the highest reported rates of untreated cataracts worldwide. In 2016, Sightsavers helped to screen 585,000 people for eye conditions, and supported  more than 41,000 cataract operations.

    Our work in Bangladesh
  • India

    It is estimated there are still more than 8 million blind people in India. In 2016 Sightsavers examined more than 2.2 million people in India for eye conditions and supported more than 155,000 cataract operations.

    Our work in India
  • Pakistan

    Untreated eye conditions such as cataracts affect millions of people in Pakistan. In 2016, we examined more than 7.6 million people for eye problems and supported 33,000 sight-saving operations.

    Our work in Pakistan

How we’re making a difference

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From flash floods to lion attacks: all in a day’s work in Zambia

Sightsavers’ Julia Strong travelled to Zambia to see how the trachoma elimination project is helping local communities and restoring people’s sight.

Sarah, Sightsavers employee, sitting on a boat with 12 other people. The boat is travelling along the sea.
Sightsavers from the field

Restoring sight on a remote island

Sightsavers’ Sarah Filbey visits a training session for primary school teachers in Zanzibar, as they learn how to support students with visual impairments.

Aminata has her eyes screened for trachoma.
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Harvard students choose Sightsavers as top charity

Students who studied effective altruism and health care at the US university have selected Sightsavers to receive a grant of US$25,000.

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