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The 10th Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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UK government wants to see ‘step change’ in disability inclusion

The call came during a statement made at the 10th Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in New York last week.

Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame
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Sightsavers advocacy advisor asks governments to live up to commitments on disability inclusion

Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame has called on governments to honour the commitments they have made on the rights of people with disabilities.

An ophthalmic surgeon carries out an eye examination on a man at an eye clinic in The Gambia.
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Sightsavers honoured by West African health ministries

Sightsavers has received an award from the West African Health Organisation for its work to improve health centres and train eye health workers.

A close-up showing the street signs on Downing Street and Whitehall.
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Campaigners aim to keep disability inclusion in the spotlight

Supporters of Sightsavers’ Put Us in the Picture campaign will work to ensure disability-inclusive development remains on the political radar.

A group of women wait for their turn to be screened at a trachoma outreach camp in the Pwani region of eastern Tanzania.
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Sightsavers CEO hails progress on tackling NTDs in East Africa

Dr Caroline Harper visited Tanzania and Uganda this week to highlight the advances being made to eliminate blinding trachoma.

A young boy in Bangladesh having his eyes tested.
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Bangladesh quadruples its eye care budget

The government of Bangladesh has set aside BDT828 million (£7.9 million) to spend on eye care by 2021 – four times higher than the previous budget.

A large group of people sit underneath a big tree.
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Sightsavers to host side event at UN Conference of States Parties

The conference will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 13-15 June.

Trachoma patient Amadu Asama from Ghana is surrounded by her grandchildren following her successful operation.
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BBC invites Sightsavers to discuss trachoma elimination

Sightsavers Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases Simon Bush was invited onto the radio programme to talk about whether the end is in sight for trachoma.

A panel of officials sit in front of a screen at the World Health Assembly.
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WHO asked to produce World Report on Vision

Member states have called for the World Health Organization to produce a report as part of the drive to ensure universal access to eye health care.

Someone looking at a magnified computer screen
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Unplug your mouse to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Computer users around the world are being encouraged to go mouse-less for an hour on 18 May to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

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