Sightsavers’ work in Senegal focuses on eye screening and surgery. In 2016 we supported 5,600 sight-saving operations for conditions such as cataracts, and screened 16,000 people for refractive error.
Seven-year-old Aminata from Senegal was born blind and would spend her days sitting at home alone while her parents went begging to support the family. But thanks to the help of Sightsavers, the Senegalese government launched an inclusive education project to enable children with visual impairments and other disabilities, such as Aminata, to go to school.
Now her day has structure and purpose: she is able to learn alongside her friends, making her feel included and valued, and helping her to thrive and develop into a happy, confident child. Read Aminata’s story.
Sightsavers’ work is aligned with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and directly contributes to achieving them in Senegal. Our Senegal country director Salimata Bocoum speaks about our successful inclusive education project.