DONATE
sightsavers_news

Sightsavers is one of GiveWell’s top charities once again

December 2017
A schoolgirl holds a tablet in her hand and smiles.
GiveWell supported a deworming programme at St Mary’s Catholic School in Lokoja, central Nigeria, in May 2017.

Sightsavers has once again been named one of nine top charities by charity evaluator GiveWell for its work on treating children for parasitic infections, a process also known as deworming.

The announcement from GiveWell, a non-profit organisation that carries out in-depth analysis to find and recommend outstanding charities to donors, comes as Sightsavers celebrates the distribution of its one billionth NTD treatment this week.

The elimination and control of five neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), some of which cause severe disfigurement and disability, is a core part of Sightsavers’ work.

Sightsavers is being recommended by GiveWell to scale up its deworming programmes to distribute treatment for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths (STH), as part of integrated NTD programmes in a number of sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau.

Sightsavers CEO Caroline Harper said: “Our NTD programmes, including deworming and treating several disabling parasitic infections, are incredibly cost-effective, which was key to GiveWell’s decision to choose our deworming programme as a top charity. We were also endorsed because of our standout record of transparency.

“We are very excited to have been rated so highly by GiveWell. NTDs are diseases of poverty and can devastate the lives of children, adults and entire communities. Working with GiveWell will allow us to have even greater impact for affected communities in Africa.”

There is a significant need for such programmes, with one in seven people worldwide suffering from NTDs. This group of diseases affects the world’s poorest, most marginalised, and most remote communities.

Read GiveWell’s full report on Sightsavers

A hand holds medication used to treat NTDs.

Deworming in Africa

Sightsavers carries out deworming programmes in sub-Saharan African countries including Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria.

Read more

Learn more about Sightsavers’ work

Neglected tropical diseases
Dorcas, receives her treatment.
sightsavers_news

Vote for Sightsavers in the 2019 Charity Film Awards

Two of Sightsavers’ films have been nominated for the awards, which celebrate and reward the best fundraising films. 

November 2018
Blue Peter's Sight Savers appeal.
sightsavers_news

60 years of Blue Peter: the show that gave Sightsavers its name

As Blue Peter celebrates its 60th birthday, we look back to the programme's Sight Saver appeal in 1986, which raised money for our mobile eye units in Malawi, Nigeria and Tanzania.

October 2018
A group of women wait for their turn to be screened at a trachoma outreach camp in the Pwani region of eastern Tanzania.
sightsavers_news

Sightsavers teams up with Nordic eyewear group D & Company

The optical group will give customers the chance to make a donation to Sightsavers to raise money and awareness for eye care projects worldwide.

October 2018