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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

Halima Suleiman

Sightsavers set to promote crucial role of data at world-first forum

13 January 2017

Sightsavers is taking part in the UN World Data Forum in Cape Town, which will explore using statistics innovatively to deliver the Agenda 2030 SDGs. Continue reading

Children paint a mural on a wall in India.

Higher profile for Sightsavers Inclusive Eye Health initiative in India

09 December 2016

This week, Sightsavers has boosted the profile of its Inclusive Eye Health initiative being piloted in the Indian city of Bhopal with two events that made a splash with the media. Continue reading

An image of Ringo Starr's glasses that were sold in the celebrity auction.

Huge success for Specs Appeal auction

06 December 2016

Our celebrity eBay auction, offering bidders the opportunity to bid on hundreds of pairs of glasses and sunglasses once owned by celebrities, has come to an end after 10 days. Continue reading

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

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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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