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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 girl washes her hands in an outdoor sink.

Unilever Lifebuoy and Sightsavers partner to improve hygiene and combat blinding trachoma in Ethiopia

24 June 2016

PRESS RELEASE: An innovative public private partnership that encourages the adoption of better hygiene habits in Ethiopia to address preventable infectious diseases such as trachoma, diarrhoea, and pneumonia. Continue reading


Swedish Postcode Foundation helping tackle trachoma in Zambia

21 June 2016

A Sightsavers’ project in Zambia has been awarded a grant of SEK 3 million from the Swedish Postcode Foundation, to help tackle the blinding neglected tropical disease trachoma in 2016 and 2017. Continue reading

Senegalese children smiling and waving at the

We’re supporting governments to make sure no child is left behind

16 June 2016

Sightsavers has teamed up with The World Bank and Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD) to support governments in Africa and Asia to strengthen their national school health and nutrition programmes. Continue reading


Election results announced: UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

15 June 2016

The results of the election of nine new members to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, held in New York on Tuesday 14 June, have been announced. Continue reading


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makes sure everything runs properly

UK aid from the British people.Sightsavers 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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