Sightsavers global


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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 and current projects, visit our policy and research pages

Our approach


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.


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.


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.


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'


A teenage girl.

A tale of two teenagers

Jenneh and Nabirye


Jess from Channel 4's Unreported World




A young girl wearing an eye patch has an eye examination.

Celebrating World Sight Day across the globe

13 October 2016

World Sight Day is an awareness day held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Find out how we're celebrating. Continue reading

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Tackling blindness among older people in Tanzania

06 July 2016

Sightsavers and HelpAge International are launching a new three-year project in the Morogoro region of Tanzania. Continue reading


Paralympian Taonere on the BBC

07 September 2016

Malawi's first Paralympian Taonere Banda has featured in a video news story on the BBC website. Continue reading


Nigerian de-worming project awarded $50,000

07 October 2016

A Sightsavers’ project in Nigeria has been awarded a grant of $50,000 from the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases END7 campaign. Continue reading


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