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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

News

A bench on the beachfront on a sunny day.

Sightsavers goes on summer tour with Action/2015!

27 August 2015

NEWS: Sightsavers is joining forces with development organisations Bond and Action/2015 on their summer tour aiming to raise public awareness of the new global development goals being agreed this year. Continue reading

A girl stands next to a water tank washing her face

Beating neglected tropical diseases with WASH

27 August 2015

NEWS: The World Health Organization today unveiled a global plan to better integrate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services with four other public health interventions to accelerate progress in eliminating and eradicating n Continue reading

Baroness Verma and Sightsavers CEO Caroline Harper standing in front of an exhibition photograph.

Sightsavers’ photo exhibition opens at the Guardian

25 August 2015

NEWS: Sightsavers' Framing Perceptions photo exhibition opened last night at the Guardian offices in London with an event attended by Baroness Verma from the UK Department for International Development. Continue reading

A woman smiling as she watches over the shoulder of a young girl writing Braille.

British Paralympic skier urges world leaders to leave no child behind

18 August 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Kelly Gallagher MBE is joining Sightsavers in calling on world leaders to ensure all children, including those with disabilities, have access to a quality education wherever they are growing up. Continue reading

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For every £1 we receive (including donated supplies)

91.8p

goes towards our vital work

7.7p

grows awareness and funds

0.5p

makes sure everything runs properly

UK Aid logo_Jan1 2015Sightsavers 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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