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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


Baroness Northover pictured with Sightsavers CEO and staff.

Aid match brings appeal total to £9.7 million so far!

22 January 2015

We're over the moon - A Million Miracles, our fundraising appeal aimed at providing a million sight-saving surgeries in three years, has so far raised more than £4.8 million; and thanks to aid matching from the UK government's De Continue reading

Close-up of liquid antibiotics being put in a woman's eyes.

Bill and Melinda Gates bet on elimination of trachoma and river blindness

22 January 2015

Bill and Melinda Gates have said that by 2030, diseases including trachoma and river blindness - both of which Sightsavers has long worked to eliminate - will be consigned to the history books. Continue reading

A woman and a boy sitting on a motorbike smiling as a group of boys look on.

Action/2015 launches today!

14 January 2015

Today Sightsavers is joining with thousands of organisations and campaigners around the world to launch action/2015 – a movement calling on world leaders to commit to ambitious agreements on poverty, inequality and climate chang Continue reading


Ed Miliband: ‘Campaigns change the world’

15 January 2015

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, declared 2015 the biggest year for global action and called for the next generation to “do better than the last” in ending extreme poverty, during a speech to young people at Queen’s 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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