We are so grateful for the opportunity to have told so many people about our work. Sunetra spoke about the painful eye disease trachoma which affects thousands of people like Zuwaira, pictured above, despite medicine being readily available.
Although the appeal is over, you can still donate to Sightsavers. It takes less than three minutes to make a one-time donation or set up a monthly gift, and your kindness will help us reach more people like Zuwaira and change their lives forever.
If you’d like to listen back to the appeal, please visit the Radio 4 website.
Click below to hear Sunetra explain why she’s a Sightsavers ambassador:
Sunetra Sarker is a British actress who has starred in TV series including Casualty, Ackley Bridge and The Bay. Sunetra became a Sightsavers ambassador in 2009, when she wore a blindfold for a day to highlight the plight of blind women around the world.
In February 2020, Sunetra visited a pop-up eye testing station in India that provided truck drivers with free prescription glasses.
Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. It starts off as a bacterial infection that makes the eyes sore and weepy, a bit like conjunctivitis. At this stage, trachoma is easy to treat with antibiotics. But if it’s not treated, over time trachoma scars the eyelid and pulls the lashes inwards, so they scratch the cornea with every blink. This advanced form of trachoma can be agony. Many sufferers pull out their eyelashes with tweezers for temporary relief from the pain.
Without surgery, advanced trachoma can ultimately lead to blindness.