Untreated eye conditions such as cataracts affect millions of people in Pakistan. In 2016, we examined more than 7.6 million people for eye problems and supported 33,000 sight-saving operations.

Our work in Pakistan

Pakistan is the sixth highest populated country in the world, yet almost 30 per cent of the population live in poverty.

Sightsavers is working to reduce avoidable blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy by performing regular screenings for early detection and regular follow-up appointments in three districts in Pakistan. We are also working to strengthen the country’s health system by training health workers and raising awareness of children’s eye health within communities.

Sightsavers has a project specifically focused on reducing childhood blindness in Pakistan, which is most common in children under five.  A group of 930 trained Lady Health Workers work directly with communities to provide primary health care and visit families regularly to ensure that all children, even those who don’t attend school, are seen. Some 25,000 children will be screened for eye conditions including refractive error and cataracts.

Our projects in Pakistan

The Global Trachoma Mapping Project is the largest infectious disease survey ever undertaken, helping to pinpoint accurately the world’s trachoma-endemic areas. Completed in January 2016, the project saw surveyors collect data from 2.6 million people in 29 countries, including Pakistan, using Android smartphones.

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Pakistan delegates with the MIUSA team.
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Exchanging ideas: exploring disability policy in the US and Pakistan

Over 10 days, we were given many opportunities to meet and exchange experiences with people in relation to disability policy, legislation and advocacy.

A 45-year-old lady is standing on crutches. She is wearing bright red clothes and a boy is asleep on a bed behind her.
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Disrupting the patriarchy through disability rights

Women with disabilities often face double, or rather triple, discrimination: for being disabled, for being women and for being poor.

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A brave new world of data

The Global Trachoma Mapping Project showed that public health can benefit from technology and standardisation to cut costs and respond to local needs.

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