It is estimated there are still more than 8 million blind people in India. In 2017 Sightsavers examined more than 4.1 million people in India for eye conditions and supported more than 204,000 cataract operations.
Sightsavers has worked in India since 1966. In the past 50 years we have treated millions of people with eye problems in the country, and have educated, counselled, trained and rehabilitated people who are blind or visually impaired, many of whom live in the poorest areas. Despite the nation’s recent advances, a significant proportion of the population has little access to essential health services. This is why our work in the country remains so important.
Helping truck drivers to see clearly
Since 2014, Sightsavers has been offering free eye health services to truck drivers in a bid to improve road safety. In India, nine million truck drivers transport two thirds of the nation’s cargo by road, working long hours and travelling huge distances. Having good eyesight is a vital part of the job, yet many truckers don’t have the time and money to go for eye check-ups. Learn what we’re doing to help.
The women giving prejudice a kicking
A group of more than 50 girls with visual impairments are being taught judo as part of a project to help them feel safer when on their own in public. The training has taught them to fight off potential attackers, and they’re combating misconceptions about people with disabilities. Watch the video below to learn more.
RN Mohanty has worked for Sightsavers the past five years. In this video, he speaks about our eye health screening programme in the country and how it works towards the UN’s Global Goals.