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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


Two surgeons operate on a patient outside a hut

Combating trachoma with a mobile phone

13 August 2014

Mobile phones are being used to help eliminate blinding trachoma in Mali. Take a look at our new mHealth project in action. Continue reading

A man rides a motorbike down a dirt road

The road to elimination: three stories from Mali

13 August 2014

Nearly there! See how surgeons on motorbikes are getting us even closer to eliminating blinding trachoma in Mali. Continue reading

A family - mother, father, five children and a puppy - sitting in front on their house.

Campaign update: How’s the picture looking?

04 August 2014

Although parliament’s a bit quiet at this time of year, we’re making sure the Put Us in the Picture campaign doesn’t fall off the agenda. Continue reading

A woman examines a man's eyes in the background while in the foreground, a hand types information into a mobile phone.

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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keeps us running

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