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Conservative peer urges UK to lead on disability-inclusive development

Lord Shinkwin has called for the UK to play an instrumental role in changing the lives of people with disabilities in the world’s poorest countries.

December 2018
In Malawi, a group of students receive Early Childhood development education.

Sightsavers welcomes DFID disability strategy

The strategy, which Sightsavers campaigned for, recognises that there has been insufficient progress on disability inclusion in global development.

December 2018
A young woman wearing a plumber's overall and holding a wrench.

Sightsavers celebrates five years of disability campaigning

On International Day of People with Disabilities, Sightsavers is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its campaign calling for disability rights.

December 2018
Four women chatting on a dirt road in Uganda. One uses a white cane, one has restricted growth and one uses a wheelchair.

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.

Natasha Kennedy, November 2018
A village in the Yendi region of Ghana, featuring circular mud huts and trees.

Ghana Disability Data Disaggregation Pilot Project: Results of Integrating Disability in to Routine Data Collection Systems

A pilot project in Ghana was established to understand how disability data may be collected in a system delivering NTD interventions. Read the report here

A grandmother is helping her young granddaughter stand.

Annual inclusion report 2018

The purpose of this annual report is to share learning, highlight our work on inclusion and stimulate and challenge both ourselves and our partners.

Nanny Powers stands in the street holding her voting card.

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.

Joseph Oye, October 2018
Augusto and his grandchildren smile and wave at the camera.

Augusto’s story

Augusto, who had both cataracts and trachoma, struggled to get medical help because of his disability. But Sightsavers’ inclusive healthcare approach enabled him to be treated.

Mahmoud pushes Naheed in her wheelchair outside their home.

Eye care for those who need it most

In Pakistan, Ulrica Hansson learns how Sightsavers’ Right to Health programme is transforming local health care so people with disabilities are no longer excluded.

September 2018
A group of representatives from disabled people's organisations hold up signs saying 'Make it count'.

Disability inclusion in international development programmes

Sightsavers works with partners in over 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and support the empowerment of people with disabilities.

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