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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

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people around the world are blind

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of this can be cured or prevented

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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

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Official opening of Sightsavers supported Ophthalmology unit in Jamaica

05 February 2016

We are very pleased to announce the official opening of an ophthalmology unit and theatre at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Jamaica, in January 2016, which was presided over by the Jamaican Minister for Health. Continue reading

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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

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Sightsavers CEO honoured in the New Year 2016 Honours List

30 December 2015

PRESS RELEASE: International development charity Sightsavers is delighted to announce that CEO Dr Caroline Harper has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year 2016 Honours List issued by Continue reading

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For every £1 we receive (including donated supplies)

91.8p

goes towards our vital work

7.7p

grows awareness and funds

0.5p

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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