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Our partners

We’re working with a number of trusts and foundations to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people who are irreversibly blind in developing countries. If you’re interested in supporting our work, get in touch.

Here are some of the trusts and foundations working with us:

IZUMI Foundation

Sightsavers has been awarded a grant of $348,000 from the IZUMI Foundation to eliminate the devastating blinding neglected tropical disease trachoma from five regions of Mali. Between 2014-16, its support will enable us to protect thousands of people from avoidable blindness by providing eyelid operations. This will reduce the surgical backlog to such a level that it is no longer a public health concern, and save the sight of people living in 20 districts of five regions in Mali.

The Baxter International Foundation

The Baxter International Foundation awarded a grant of $84,000 (US dollars) to support our Vision Delhi programme providing primary eye care services to 30,000 visually impaired people in some of India’s poorest communities.

Donna Namath, Executive Director of The Baxter International Foundation, said: “The Baxter International Foundation’s vision is to improve access to healthcare in local and global communities. With Vision Delhi, Sightsavers has initiated a project that will demonstrate how a scalable and cost-effective approach can contribute to the need for quality eye care services in deprived areas of Delhi. The grant amount contributes to achieving this dream and aligns perfectly with the Foundation’s primary focus of increasing access to healthcare worldwide.”

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation recently generously supported the development of human resources for eye health in Southern Africa with a four year grant of €200,000 from 2011 to 2014. The programme improved eye care services for a population of 8.6 million people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Sightsavers has previously received support from the Foundation in 2002 and 2003, in particular for the construction of the Regional Eye Care Centre in The Gambia. Thanks to this initial support, the Centre has been able to grow and become the widely recognised training hub for eye care professionals in West Africa that it is today.


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“When I leave school I want to be a teacher

Jenneh – two years on!


“Without education we are nothing”


Emmanuel smiling

"I can work, socialise and earn a living"


A close up of 6 year old Majidul.

Majidul as seen on BBC's 'Forces of Nature'




Children paint a mural on a wall in India.

Higher profile for Sightsavers Inclusive Eye Health initiative in India

09 December 2016

This week, Sightsavers has boosted the profile of its Inclusive Eye Health initiative being piloted in the Indian city of Bhopal with two events that made a splash with the media. Continue reading

Halima Suleiman

Sightsavers set to promote crucial role of data at world-first forum

13 January 2017

Sightsavers is taking part in the UN World Data Forum in Cape Town, which will explore using statistics innovatively to deliver the Agenda 2030 SDGs. Continue reading

An image of Ringo Starr's glasses that were sold in the celebrity auction.

Huge success for Specs Appeal auction

06 December 2016

Our celebrity eBay auction, offering bidders the opportunity to bid on hundreds of pairs of glasses and sunglasses once owned by celebrities, has come to an end after 10 days. Continue reading

Young woman sitting in classroom with students.

Sightsavers welcomes DFID commitment to leadership in disability inclusion

01 December 2016

Sightsavers has welcomed the commitments made by the UK government in two major reviews setting out its priorities for international development. Continue reading


For every £1 we receive (including donated supplies)


goes on vital charity work


goes on growing awareness and our funding

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