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The problem

There are 39 million blind people in the world, but 80 per cent of blindness can be cured or prevented. That’s 31.2 million people who are blind when they needn’t be.

Shocked by this? So are we. We want to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people who are irreversibly blind or disabled to live independently.

Find out how we’re doing this

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

icon_people_yellow39million

people around the world are blind

icon_medication_yellow80%

of this can be cured or prevented

Stories

Jenneh Collier stands smiling outside a school building.

“When I leave school I want to be a teacher

Jenneh – two years on!

henry-circle

“Without education we are nothing”

Henry

Emmanuel smiling

"I can work, socialise and earn a living"

Emmanuel

A close up of 6 year old Majidul.

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

Majidul

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News

Young woman sitting in classroom with students.

Sightsavers welcomes DFID commitment to leadership in disability inclusion

01 December 2016

Sightsavers has welcomed the commitments made by the UK government in two major reviews setting out its priorities for international development. Continue reading

Children playing in a field, highilghting Sightsavers deworming work recognised by GiveWell selection as charity of choice

GiveWell names Sightsavers ‘top charity’

29 November 2016

Sightsavers is proud to have been named as one of seven “top charities” by charity evaluator GiveWell for our work on treating children for parasitic infections, a process also known as deworming. 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

Image showing a photo of Kate Moss and glasses donated to Specs Appeal, a celebrity eBay auction for Sightsavers

Specs Appeal – celebrity eBay auction

21 November 2016

If you've ever dreamed of owning something belonging to your favourite star, you could be in luck with Specs Appeal, a celebrity eBay auction stocked with donations from some of the world's most famous faces. Continue reading

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For every £1 we receive (including donated supplies)

91%

goes on vital charity work

9%

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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