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Eye health

A student covers one eye during an eye test at a school in India.

How we’re training teachers to spot blinding eye conditions

Mr Aahiswar is head teacher at Rangai Middle School in central India. He has been trained to screen students for vision problems so children can get the life-changing help they need.

Sightsavers India launches fellowship programme for young ophthalmologists

The programme will take 10 trainees through a course of mentorship and practical work, to enable them to improve their skills and give them a taste of rural eye health work in India.

July 2019
Two surgeons at work in the operating theatre at Mymensingh hospital. They're wearing green scrubs.

The hospital in Bangladesh that’s restoring sight and changing lives

Robbie Peacock and Ciara Smullen travelled to the northern town of Mymensingh to visit a hospital that is saving the sight of thousands of people a year.

July 2019
Three school children from Ghana smiling outside their school.

It’s all about the numbers: how economics is helping us to save sight in schools

By using economics, we can make sure our school eye screening programmes are affordable and efficient, ensuring thousands of children in poorer countries can get the eye care they need.

Guillaume Trotignon, July 2019

Survey highlights lack of knowledge about UV threat to our eyesight

A Sightsavers survey, in partnership with People’s Postcode Lottery, shows nearly half of Brits don’t choose their sunglasses for UV protection.

June 2019
A wide shot of the rural landscape in Nasir, South Sudan. The fields are very wet and the grass is a lush green.

Saving sight in the world’s most remote locations

Trachoma, a painful eye disease, can be easily treated with antibiotics. But the challenge is reaching the people who need treatment, particularly if they live in remote areas such as Nadir in South Sudan.

June 2019
Professor Christopher Whitty.

Sightsavers trustee appointed chief medical officer for England

Professor Christopher Whitty, who has been on Sightsavers’ board of trustees since 2017, will take up the post in October.

June 2019
The Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute.

50,000 patients screened during first year of innovative cataract project

The Cameroon Cataract Development Impact Loan brings together public and private investors alongside eye care delivery experts and charities, including Sightsavers.

June 2019
Schoolgirl and trachoma champion Safira Mwale shows how to wash her face with a tippy tap by her home near Kasungu in Malawi, August 29, 2018.

Sightsavers to host ‘Build a tippy tap’ challenge at the Science Museum

Sightsavers will join the free Science Museum Lates event on 29 May 2019, where visitors will have the chance to build a home-made tap against the clock.

May 2019
A doctor examine a man outside in rural Zambia.

‘Keep Sight’ project will train eye care staff to treat glaucoma in Nigeria

The initiative, run by Sightsavers, Allergan and the IAPB, initially aims to train 50 eye care workers, with the goal of screening 5,000 people and treating 500 patients.

May 2019
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