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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

icon_eye_tick_yellow295 million

people protected against river blindness

icon_eye_exam_yellow6.1 million

sight-restoring cataract operations

icon_medic_yellow43 million

people treated with trachoma antibiotics

How you can help


people around the world are blind


of this can be cured or prevented


Emmanuel smiling

'I can work, socialise and earn a living.'


A close up of 6 year old Majidul.

Majidul as seen on BBC's 'Forces of Nature'


A teenage girl.

A tale of two teenagers

Jenneh and Nabirye


Jess from Channel 4's Unreported World




A young girl wearing an eye patch has an eye examination.

Celebrating World Sight Day across the globe

13 October 2016

World Sight Day is an awareness day held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Find out how we're celebrating. Continue reading

The CATCH team standing in a row.

Changing lives in Mozambique

06 October 2016

One of our current programmes has carried out an incredible 185 cataract surgeries in just 15 days. Continue reading

Princess Alexandra with two people either side of her stand in front of the event banner.

HRH Princess Alexandra visits Washington

03 October 2016

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra visits Washington to celebrate successes in the treatment of neglected tropical diseases. Continue reading

Sir Nicholas Fenn shaking hands with a young girl sitting on a hospital bed.

A tribute to Sir Nicholas Fenn

30 September 2016

Sir Nicholas Fenn, who died on 18 September 2016, was a dedicated advocate and staunch supporter of Sightsavers. Continue reading


For every £1 we receive (including donated supplies)


goes on vital charity work


goes on growing awareness and our funding

uk-aid-with-borderSightsavers 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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