Sightsavers global


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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


A young African girl smiling.

Scientists win Nobel prize for river blindness discovery

05 October 2015

Scientists William C Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura – who together discovered a drug avermectin, the derivatives of which are used to treat and prevent river blindness – have been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine. Continue reading

Winesi March sitting with his wife who has their grandson on her lap.

Raise a pound with a click!

05 October 2015

Got a few seconds spare? You can support Sightsavers with the click of a mouse thanks to US eyewear licensing brand Marchon’s new promotion to raise funds through its Facebook page. Continue reading

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Win Byrogue sunglasses – and support Sightsavers!

01 October 2015

For every pair of its new sunglasses range sold, Byrogue will donate £10 to help fund our work in developing countries tackling river blindness. Continue reading

A crowded hall at the United Nations General Assembly.

An incredible, world-changing day

25 September 2015

Today is an exciting and momentous day! World leaders meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York have officially adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that could transform how the world looks by 2030. Continue reading


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goes towards our vital work


grows awareness and funds


makes sure everything runs properly

2From 15 September until 15 December all UK donations will be matched pound for pound by the UK government.

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