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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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United Nations launches new disability strategy

The launch of the strategy coincides with the launch of Sightsavers’ global petition which calls for the UN and its member states to uphold disability rights.

June 2019
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Sightsavers launches disability rights petition

The petition is part of Sightsavers' campaign calling for political leaders and global organisations to uphold the rights of people with disabilities around the world.

June 2019
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Sightsavers director Dominic Haslam awarded an OBE

Dominic, who is Sightsavers’ Director of Policy and Programme Strategy, is recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to people with disabilities.

June 2019
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12 tips to make health programmes inclusive for people with disabilities

Sightsavers hosted a workshop focusing on practical approaches to disability inclusion, where participants generated ideas to make sure healthcare is as inclusive as possible.

Andrea Pregel, June 2019
Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame smiling, holding up a placard reading '#EqualUN for an equal world'.

An insider’s guide to the UN disability committee

UN disability committee member Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame talks about her first official committee meeting and gives an insight into how the UN system works.

Disabled People’s Organisation leaders, Sightsavers staff and medical practitioners workers outside a hospital along with Camilo Morreira.

“Nothing about us without us”: improving access to health care in Mozambique

Through Sightsavers’ inclusive health project in Nampula, Camilo Morreira shares his work to ensure that health care facilities are accessible for people with disabilities.

Camilo Morreira, April 2019
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Four takeaways from the Zero project in Vienna

If people with disabilities cannot make their voices heard, they will be systematically excluded from access to services. It would make a huge difference if their needs and ideas were considered from the very beginning.

Laurène Leclercq, April 2019
People sitting watching a speaker who is a wheelchair user, with a sign language translator standing next to her.

Sightsavers launches global #EqualUN campaign

Sightsavers has launched a global campaign calling on the United Nations to ensure that the work of all its agencies is fully inclusive of people with disabilities.

March 2019
Three women, one of whom is using a wheelchair, holding up signs reading '#EqualUN for an equal world'.

Why we’re calling for an equal UN

Globally, it’s recognised that people with disabilities are vulnerable to being left behind in efforts to eradicate poverty. Yet there’s still not enough progress being made.

Tessa Murphy, March 2019
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