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What we want

We want avoidable blindness to be eliminated. We want equality for people with disabilities.

What we do

We help blind people to see again, and prevent people from going blind wherever we can. We improve the lives of people with disabilities, particularly those who have permanent sight loss.

We need to change the lives of people at risk of sight loss for the long term not just today. So we campaign to make the world a fairer place for people with disabilities and we tackle the underlying causes of avoidable blindness.

For more in depth information about our work, visit our policy and research pages

Our approach

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Preventing blindness

Every year, we support our partners to carry out millions of eye examinations and refer people for treatment to prevent blindness and restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, we enable the distribution of medication to prevent blinding diseases. We fund operations for people who need them, and train eye care workers and surgeons.

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Supporting equality

We work with partners to train specialist teaching staff; supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools; and educate communities to reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Because of Sightsavers, people who are visually impaired or have other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.

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Campaigning for change

We work with national governments, strengthening systems that tackle the problems at the root of avoidable blindness – the sorts of things most of us take for granted, like access to clean water, sanitation facilities and education. We make changes for the long term, and help change systems from the inside to ensure support continues to be given to the people who need it.

News

Close up photo of Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame.

Sightsavers advocacy advisor nominated for UN committee

20 May 2016

Sightsavers' Global Advocacy Advisor Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame has been chosen as Ghana's candidate for the United Nations Expert Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Continue reading

Our country director and a member of our board of trustees lstand in front of a promotional banner at an NTD event.

Event marks progress of partners working together to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases in Nigeria

11 May 2016

The Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria and The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Trachoma Initiative hosted an event to celebrate the progress made towards meeting the NTD elimination global targets. Continue reading

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The cost of eliminating trachoma in the next four years is estimated at US$1 billion

26 April 2016

The cost of eliminating trachoma by 2020 is revealed at the 2016 WHO Alliance in Sydney. Continue reading

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Our question reached the United Nations!

12 April 2016

A few weeks ago we asked you to help get a question about disability on the agenda for discussions with the candidates for UN Secretary General - and it worked! Continue reading

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91.8p

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7.7p

grows awareness and funds

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UK aid from the British people.Sightsavers is one of only nine charities given a ‘high performance’ rating by the UK Department for International Development as part of a 2012 Independent Performance Review of their Programme Partnership Arrangement. Find out more.

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