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Old black and white photo showing a group of young men on a mountain slope.

Sightsavers marks 50th anniversary of Mount Kilimanjaro expedition

On 20 February 1969, Sightsavers supported men with visual impairments on an expedition to raise awareness about blindness.

February 2019
An old black and white photo shows two people standing on a vast mountain landscape covered in snow.

“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.

Maria Fsadni, February 2019
Ndong Jean Faustin stands with crutches.

Mbalmayo Disability Group, Cameroon

In Cameroon there are laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities, including the right to vote. Yet many still struggle to access the ballot box.

Michel Fozeu sits at a table wearing headphones and speaking into a microphone.

Michel’s story

“The message we want to give through this radio show is that people with disabilities in Cameroon are able to take part in the electoral process.”

Senator Robert Oyono in his wheelchair in front of some steps.

Robert’s story

Robert Oyono is Cameroon’s first senator with a disability, and is calling for people with disabilities to be included in the political process.

Nanny Powers holds her voting card.

Nanny’s story

“I didn’t know that disabled people have the right to vote. I didn’t know if it was for a certain class and a certain age.”

Eveline’s story

“People have a lot of misconceptions about blind women. They think that people with visual impairments cannot do anything at all.”

Floreal Serge Adieme wearing dark glasses and holding a white cane.

Adieme’s story

“I think if there is a wide mobilisation of the vote among disabled people, it can change things in our country.”

Faiyyazan sits in a waiting room

How partnerships help us reach marginalised communities

In Pakistan, we work with disabled people’s organisations to ensure our new eye health programme is inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities.

Visually impaired children sitting at a classroom desk.

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.

Dominic Haslam, December 2018
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