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Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame smiling.
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Sightsavers’ Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame elected to UN disability committee

Gertrude was one of six candidates elected in the first round of voting, of which three are women, which has improved the committee's gender balance.

Professor Stephen Hawking.
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Professor Stephen Hawking laid to rest in Westminster Abbey

The renowned physicist, who died in March, has had his ashes interred between those of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

A large debating chamber full of people.
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Six women join UN disability committee

The election, held in New York, improves the gender balance on the committee, which previously had just one woman out of a total of 18 members.

A group of children in Ghana smile and wave at the camera.
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Trachoma is eliminated in Ghana

Ghana has become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa and the Commonwealth to eliminate trachoma, as validated by the World Health Organization.

A young boy in a wheelchair smiles after having his eyes tested.
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Sightsavers launches new research website

The research centre offers a library of Sightsavers’ research into eye health, neglected tropical diseases, inclusive education and social inclusion.

Nazondani smiling after cataract surgery.
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British Prime Minister praises Sightsavers’ Million Miracles campaign

The Prime Minister was speaking at a reception in Downing Street last night attended by Sightsavers CEO Dr Caroline Harper.

Margaret Adome sitting outside her home with three of her six children.
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Sightsavers’ trachoma work in Uganda features in The Telegraph

Journalists from the newspaper visited Uganda to see how the country is tackling this infectious neglected tropical disease, thanks to help from UK Aid.

An elderly woman in Uganda has her eyes examined to check for trachoma.
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Free eye examinations launched for older people in Uganda

People aged over 65 can now have a free eye examination while collecting their pension, and can then be referred for treatment for conditions such as cataracts or blinding trachoma.

A large group of people with and without disabilities, outside a conference centre.
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Sightsavers' Dominic Haslam elected Chair of disability consortium

The election took place during the IDDC general assembly, held in May in Birmingham, UK. Dom has worked at Sightsavers for 13 years and has been a member of the IDDC board since 2015.

Two female health workers wearing face veils distribute trachoma treatments in Yemen.
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First treatments for trachoma distributed in Yemen

More than 4,000 volunteers, most of them women, went door to door with medication to treat the potentially blinding disease.

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