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Eye health

“Now I know what a gift sight is”

Arif’s life changed when he had two cataract operations at five years old. We've been following his journey since then, from completing his education to finding work as a driver.

Asmau and Fatima, both wearing coloured headscarves, smile and embrace at their home in Nigeria.

“Thank God for giving us a mother who loves us so much”

In Nigeria, one community is home to a family in which nearly every member has experienced visual impairment. Amina and six of her seven children have had eye surgery to treat cataracts, ensuring they all have the chance to thrive.

Vainesi smiles and claps outside her home in Malawi.

Trachoma is eliminated in Malawi

Malawi has become the first country in southern Africa to eliminate the infectious eye disease trachoma, as confirmed by the World Health Organization.

September 2022
Shamima and her child Toha in Bangladesh. There's an illustrated ring of small dots surrounding their faces.

It started with a tuk-tuk: Shamima’s story

Shamima, who has hearing and speech impairments, was able to access vital treatment after her sister heard about Sightsavers’ free eye camps.

Priscilla Mhango (31), an Opthalamic Resident at Lions Sight First Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. She is currently under training supported by Sightsavers.

Priscilla's story

Dr Priscilla Mhango is an eye health hero, saving sight in Malawi. She’s one of the talented cataract surgeons whose training was supported by Sightsavers.

Mary stands holding a book after her cataracts operation.

“I’m so happy I can see my grandfather again!”

Mary has regained her sight and independence after a successful cataracts operation, enabling her to return to school and play with other children.

A man smiles while people walk in the background.

“The best part of my job is seeing a transformation in someone’s life”

Ophthalmic nurse Jeremiah Gwafa was first inspired to work in eye health as a child, after seeing the impact of blindness on his own family.

Gladys Atto in her medical scrubs, smiles at the camera. There's an illustrated ring of small dots surrounding her face.

A day in the life: the only ophthalmologist in Karamoja

“My name is Dr Gladys Atto. I wanted to be a doctor since I was a child, and I am very proud to be an ophthalmologist and have an impact on people’s lives.”

Illustration of student ophthalmologist Dr Hawa Megembe, sitting in a chair with flowers and a framed picture behind her.

A day in the life: “It’s a blessing to have the power to change someone’s life”

Dr Hawa Naiga Magembe is studying ophthalmology in Uganda with the help of a scholarship provided by Sightsavers’ inclusive eye health programme.

A girl wearing a cloth face mask adjusts her glasses to read a vision chart.

WHO guide aims to help countries tackle global eye care crisis

The guide provides a framework and technical tools to help countries prioritise eye health issues and deliver high-quality, inclusive eye care services.

May 2022
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