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“Grace gave me the courage to empower people with disabilities”

On International Women's Day, disability ambassador Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame remembers Grace Preko, her friend, sister and role model who showed her there was life after blindness.

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“We have met fear, and we have conquered it!”

The extraordinary story of a group of men with visual impairments from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in February 1969.

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Braving the odds to combat NTDs in Democratic Republic of Congo

Sightsavers surveillance manager Ndellejong Cosmas Ejong explains what has already been achieved in DRC, and how we’re pushing ahead to tackle these debilitating neglected tropical diseases.

Sisters Barikisu and Ayishetu sit outside their home with bandages covering their eyes, following their trachoma operation.
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Why universal health coverage is vital to fight extreme poverty

It is estimated that half the world still lacks access to essential health services, and that’s why Universal Health Coverage Day is so important.

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Leaving fewer people behind: our progress on disability inclusion

Great progress has been made in the past five years on disability-inclusive global development, but it’s critical we don’t lose momentum.

Four women chatting on a dirt road in Uganda. One uses a white cane, one has restricted growth and one uses a wheelchair.
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The little campaign that has made a huge difference

As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of our disability rights campaign, Sightsavers’ Natasha Kennedy looks back to when it began.

Nanny Powers stands in the street holding her voting card.
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A battle to reach the ballot box: Cameroon’s growing disability movement

As Cameroon prepares for its general election, Sightsavers Country Director Joseph Oye explains why he hopes more people with disabilities will vote.

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We’re making huge progress on avoidable blindness, but we still have work to do

Sightsavers’ Charity Dandak reflects on our achievements through the Seeing is Believing programme, and highlights the challenges we still face to tackle avoidable blindness.

Two smiling children from the Yendi district in Ghana wave their hands in the air.
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What we’ve learned from trachoma elimination in Ghana

Sarah Bartlett discusses Sightsavers’ involvement in this milestone, what we’ve learned from the experience and the work that lies ahead.

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What it means to work in a team gathering data to eliminate trachoma

Sightsavers’ Cristina Jimenez shares her thoughts on the pioneering Tropical Data project, which helps to identify where trachoma treatment is needed.

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