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Life’s not fair. It’s a lesson we all learn at some point – for most of us, it has to do with someone getting a bigger piece of cake, or jumping the queue at the Post Office. But the people Sightsavers helps really know how unfair life is, because they’re on the receiving end of circumstances so imbalanced they’re almost incomprehensible.

Going blind from a preventable disease isn’t fair. Being denied the chance to go to school because you’re blind isn’t fair. Living in constant pain from a disease that was wiped out in the UK decades ago isn’t fair.

At the centre of our campaigning work is the desire to make the world more fair. What we do to bring about long-term change – making health systems stronger, educating communities and fighting for people with disabilities to be treated equally – can be hard to talk about in an exciting way (it’s not easy to get worked up at the idea of an academic paper on an obscure area of health governance, unless you wrote it), but it can have an amazing impact as it filters down from government level to one person’s life.

A groups of children with their arms in the air, pictured from above.

The work we do at government level goes beyond one operation for one child. It leads to real and lasting change for countless children, and for future generations.

You can be part of this long-term change. We’ve launched our first policy campaign, Put Us in the Picture, and we’d love you to be involved. Together, we can change the world!

Put Us in the Picture

We’ve launched a campaign calling on the UK government to make sure people with disabilities aren’t left out of international development programmes. You can get involved by signing our petition, writing to your MP, putting yourself in our supporter picture, and signing up for campaign updates.
Find out more about Put Us in the Picture


Jenneh Collier stands smiling outside a school building.

“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


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uk-aid-with-borderSightsavers 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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