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Riya’s story

For children such as Riya, something as simple as a pair of glasses can mean the difference between a bright future and being trapped in a cycle of poverty.

District onchocerciasis co-ordinator William Mugayo and Ugandan Secretary of Health Titus Ariyo discuss the mass drug administration project during a radio broadcast with DJ Robert Musasizi.
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How radio is saving lives in Uganda

In remote regions of Uganda, radio broadcasts are being used to spread information about diseases such as river blindness, and how they can be treated.

Sister Habiba Shemsu.
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Sister Habiba’s story

Imagine having to walk eight hours to get to work. That’s the challenge facing Sister Habiba Shemsu, an eye care worker in south-west Ethiopia.

A young boy reading braille in a classroom.
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Mouhamed’s story

Mouhamed, who is visually impaired, used to sit at home all day. But thanks to an inclusive education programme, he is now able to go to school.

Abrehet with her baby.
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Abrehet’s story

A young mother with trachoma in Ethiopia experienced pain every time she blinked. A quick operation has saved her sight and relieved the constant pain.

A close up image of Hibret's face. She is looking to one side.
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Hibret’s story

When Hibret was diagnosed with trachoma, she was devastated to learn she had passed it to her children. But Sightsavers helped her family to be treated.

Flash sits at his desk in a wheelchair in school, surrounded by his classmates as they listen to their teacher.
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Flash’s story

Flash Odiwuor, a 13-year-old from Kenya, contracted polio and lost the use of his legs. But a Sightsavers programme enabled him to return to school.

Asha plays in a tree outside her home with another child from her village.
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Asha’s story

Asha was bullied by other children because of her cataracts. But a straightforward operation restored her sight, her confidence and her hope for the future.

Rahel Kasaw is sitting down outside with trees behind her. She is leaning on her hand and looking to the side. She is wearing a bright pink cardigan.
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Rahel’s story

For five years, 18-year-old Rahel was in constant discomfort and fearful of bright light. After her trachoma operation, she is able to study again.

Nine-year-old Polok smiles with his mother at home after undergoing cataract removal surgery.
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Polok’s story

Thanks to the use of Facebook’s messenger tool, nine-year-old Polok from Bangladesh has regained his sight.

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