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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


Jon Snow speaking at NTD event, standing by Uniiting to Combat NTDs banner.

Progress report: NTD treatments are a best buy in development

25 June 2015

A report released today by the Uniting to Combat NTDs coalition emphasises the huge health and economic benefits of investing in programmes treating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), calling it “one of the best buys in develop Continue reading


Live webcast to launch progress report on NTDs

24 June 2015

The Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases collective (of which Sightsavers is a member) will launch its third progress report this Thursday with a live webcast from the Natural History Museum in London. Continue reading

Two people wearing goggles examine a woman's eyes with a torch.

Trachoma mapping completed in Sudan!

18 June 2015

NEWS: The Sightsavers-led Global Trachoma Mapping Project is making great strides in mapping the blinding infection trachoma, with work in Sudan now completed. Continue reading

Martin Dinham, Chair of Sightsavers' board of trustees, and HRH Princess Alexandra standing by a table with cupcakes and a big cake on it.

HRH Princess Alexandra visits Sightsavers

28 May 2015

NEWS: HRH Princess Alexandra, President of Sightsavers, met with staff at our Haywards Heath head office today to discuss our work to prevent and cure blindness. Continue reading


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UK Aid logo_Jan1 2015Sightsavers is one of only nine charities given a ‘high performance’ rating by the UK Department for International Development. Find out more

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