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A close up photograph of someone's hand running over a sheet of braille.

Tanzania joins the push to make accessible books more widely available

It has become the latest country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty, which allows exceptions to standard copyright laws so books can be reproduced in braille and other accessible formats.

September 2019
Deus Turyatemba stands next to an Inclusive Futures poster

Groundbreaking new programme will enable 2,000 people with disabilities to get better jobs

The Inclusion Works programme, funded by UK aid and led by Sightsavers, will create job opportunities for more than 2,000 people with disabilities.

July 2019
Charles Ahumuza at work as an engineer.

Charles’s story

Charles Ahumuza, who is partially sighted, reveals how Sightsavers' inclusive employment programme in Uganda has helped him to fulfil his childhood dream of becoming an electrician.

Deus Turyatemba stood in his office

How I’m building a career as a blind person in Uganda

Deus Turyatemba of Standard Chartered shares his story of career progression, and explains the bank’s partnership with Sightsavers’ Inclusion Works programme.

Guest Blogger, July 2019
A busy conference chamber at the United Nations.

The UK Voluntary National Review: making progress or missing opportunities?

We welcome the UK using its VNR to reiterate its commitment to sustainable development, but we want to see more of an emphasis on listening to the voices of marginalised people.

Andrew Griffiths, July 2019
A group of children playing a jumping game outdoors in Cameroon.

The Inclusive Data Charter: one year on

The Charter's approach is simple: signatories decide the action they are going to take to ensure the data they collect and use includes disability.

Linsey Winter, July 2019
A photo of a large group of people, many of them using wheelchairs.

How Pakistan is keeping disability inclusion on the SDG agenda

Over two years, Sightsavers in Pakistan worked with strategic stakeholders and national partners to develop a voluntary national review report that focused on disability.

Munazza Gillani, July 2019
Picture of a sign language chart painted onto a school wall in Uganda.

Sightsavers Kenya launches disability rights petition

The petition is part of Sightsavers’ Equal World campaign, and calls on the government of Kenya, the United Nations and its member states to uphold the rights of people with disabilities.

July 2019
View over the shoulder of a young woman who is reading a braille document with her hands.

What’s so great about the Marrakesh Treaty?

Worldwide, only 1-7 per cent of published works are available in accessible formats, partly because of copyright law restrictions. This is often referred to as the ‘book famine’.

Three women laughing together

Sightsavers petition calls on government of Malawi to protect people with albinism

It is estimated that there are over 134,600 people with albinism living in Malawi, many of whom face deep-seated discrimination.

June 2019
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