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Mozambique

Sightsavers started work in Mozambique in 2007. We aim to improve eye health by training staff, carrying out eye checks and providing treatment where needed.

Laurinda standing outside in the sun with her family, all are smiling.

Untreated eye problems including cataracts and trachoma continue to affect many people in Mozambique.

Sightsavers is working to reduce sight loss and improve eye care services by providing transport, equipment and medicine, training ophthalmic technicians and conducting cataract operations.

We’re also working to eliminate trachoma, an infectious disease that can lead to blindness. To stop the spread of the disease, we follow the SAFE strategy, a public health approach endorsed by the World Health Organization which focuses on surgery, antibiotics, face washing and environmental improvements.

The SAFE acronym describes the four methods used to control trachoma.

  • Surgery: to stop eyelashes from rubbing against the eyeball.
  • Antibiotics: to treat the trachoma infection and reduce the spread of the disease.
  • Facial cleanliness: teaching local communities the importance of face washing, to prevent the infection being spread.
  • Environmental improvements: to improve access to water and basic sanitation to eliminate the conditions in which flies breed.

At a glance

Total population
  • 29.6 million

  • What we focus on
  • Trachoma
  • Cataracts

  • Key programmes
  • Cataract surgery
  • A billion NTD treatments
  • CATCH: coordinated health

  • Now I can see, my whole life has improved, and my family and I will be happy. Now the world awaits me.
    Laurinda, cataract patient
    Laurinda holds up her baby in front of her, with a look of amazement as she is seeing her for the first time.

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