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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

people39million

people around the world are blind

firstaid80%

of this can be cured or prevented

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An historic day: UN post-2015 negotiations put disability on the agenda

03 August 2015

BREAKING NEWS: The outcome of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations at the UN stands us on the brink of history. It finally delivers a consensus that disability must be mainstreamed into development policy internationally. Continue reading

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Brien Holden: A global leader in eye care and vision research

28 July 2015

Sightsavers pays tribute to Professor Brien Holden, OAM, the CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute and a professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Australia. Continue reading

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eBay and Sightsavers: The perfect fit!

24 July 2015

Earlier this year we partnered with eBay to offer shoppers the chance to donate to Sightsavers while buying and selling their items online. The money raised is enough to protect 295 communities from river blindness! Continue reading

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Globally renowned disability rights champion joins Sightsavers as trustee

14 July 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Maryanne Diamond, internationally recognised for her work advocating for people with sight impairments and disabilities, has joined Sightsavers as a trustee. Continue reading

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For every £1 we receive (including donated supplies)

94.5p

is spent on our vital work

5p

grows awareness and funds

0.5p

keeps us running

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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