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Sightsavers’ work featured on BBC’s ‘Forces of Nature’

July 2016

Majidul and his family being filmed by a camera crew in a hospital.

Sightsavers’ work has been featured in the final episode of Brian Cox’s series ‘Forces of Nature’ on BBC1.

In the final episode, Professor Brian Cox took viewers on a journey to Iceland, the plains of the Serengeti, and the Caribbean to explore the wonder of colour.

The episode, entitled ‘The Pale Blue Dot’, featured  Majidul, a seven-year old boy from Bangladesh who has cataracts in both eyes. You can watch the episode on BBC iPlayer if you missed it. Majidul’s story begins at 37:30.

Cataracts are caused by a build-up of protein that clouds the eye’s lens, leading to blurred vision and eventual blindness. Majidul has had the condition since a very early age and was diagnosed by a Sightsavers-supported eye screening clinic.

Majidul’s family were previously advised to wait until he was older to seek treatment – a common misconception among health practitioners who lack specialist eye-health training. In some instances, this delay can lead to irreversible blindness.

Find out more about what we do and how we are working to eliminate avoidable blindness.

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Winesi’s update

After years of fear and struggle, Winesi and his family have found happiness and hope for the future thanks to a cataract operation funded by people like you.

August 2018
A remote area in Benin featuring a long wooden bridge.
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July highlights: updates from around the world

An update from Benin, where eye care staff have been travelling 3km on foot to treat ‘the disease at the end of the road’. Plus news from Nigeria, Pakistan and more.

July 2018
A lady smiling outside a centre in Malawi which provides physiotherapy.
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More UK funding announced for disability-inclusive employment initiatives

The funding, which was announced by UK Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt, aims to address disability inclusion in developing countries.

July 2018