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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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Countries commit to end neglected tropical diseases

18 May 2015

Last night a group of health ministers came together at the World Health Assembly in Geneva to commit to end neglected tropical diseases in their countries. Continue reading


“We do whatever we can”

18 May 2015

UNITED Programme Director Safiya Sanda, who's based in Sightsavers' office in Nigeria, talks about her role and how the programme operates on the ground. Continue reading

A group of people pose for the camera wearing matching t shirts with trachoma health messaging on them, and holding posters with information about trachoma.

From toilets to theatre: eliminating trachoma in Guinea Bissau

08 May 2015

We’re working with local partners to combat trachoma in Guinea Bissau, and with every year we’re getting closer to elimination of the disease. Continue reading

A boy stands next to a door on which the words 'Welcome to class' are painted.

The results are in…

08 May 2015

In the days to come we’ll be looking at what the election result will mean for Sightsavers, and how best we can continue to push for the priorities set out in our own manifesto, published last month. 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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