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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.

A young child is being measured for a dose of medication
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Research shows trachoma treatment could also save children’s lives

The study, published by the New England Journal of Medicine, could change how programmes are delivered in developing countries to ensure more children survive past their fifth birthday.

A girl in India holds one hand over her eye during a sight test at school.
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Commonwealth governments vow to provide quality eye care for all

At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which took place in London last week, leaders agreed to take action to ensure all citizens have access to eye care.

Baby Umaru is given antibiotics to protect him against trachoma.
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£20 million funding from UK aid will boost trachoma elimination in 10 Commonwealth countries

The Commonwealth 2018-2020 Fund will help millions of people to avoid the pain, blindness and poverty that trachoma can cause.

A group of six children sit on the floor, some have glasses and all of them are smiling.
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Eye health groups call for urgent action to prevent blindness

Sightsavers and five other organisations have issued an open letter that aims to put pressure on Commonwealth governments, ahead of next week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

The United Nations building in New York.
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Seventeen women nominated for UN disability committee

A call for better gender representation and geographical spread in the United Nations disability committee has seen 17 women from six continents put forward for election in 2018.

Caroline Harper speaks at TED2018.
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Sightsavers CEO gives TED Talk outlining plan to eliminate trachoma

During her talk in Vancouver on 11 April, Caroline Harper urged philanthropists to support the newly launched Audacious Project, which could help to eliminate the disease.

Trichiasis patient Maryam Abubakar after trachoma surgery, with a patch on her eye.
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Sightsavers celebrates collaboration to tackle trachoma

To mark World Health Day on Saturday 7 April, Sightsavers is celebrating work being done to eliminate trachoma – a huge success story in global health.

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