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How Sightsavers celebrated World Sight Day

To mark World Sight Day 2019 on 10 October, Sightsavers country offices celebrated by highlighting the need to provide good-quality eye care to everyone.

October 2019
An eye health worker talking to a group of women about eye care

Sightsavers and partners help to halve blindness cases in remote Indian Sundarbans

Before the Sightsavers eye health programme in the Sundarbans started, one in every 40 people over the age of 50 in the region was blind. Today, that number has dropped to one in 80.

October 2019
Two women and five small children stand outside their home.

“That lady who was going blind? Look at her now!”

In northern Kenya, Sightsavers’ Sarah Filbey visits an eye camp that treats both trachoma and cataracts, ensuring everyone gets the life-changing help they need.

October 2019
People getting off a boat at a dock.

Halving blindness in the remote Sundarbans

In this rural mangrove region of eastern India, one in 50 people used to be blind. But a Sightsavers project has transformed eye health in the area, changing thousands of lives.

October 2019
A women stands outside her home.

Eye care for everyone in India

Sightsavers India is partnering with hospitals, tapping into existing eye care systems and creating new ones to provide affordable eye care for people living in some of the poorest areas of the country.

October 2019
Mercia Cumaio.

Sightsavers Mozambique’s Mercia Cumaio named Eye Health Hero

The accolades, awarded by the IAPB, recognise eight young and upcoming leaders who are making a difference in eye health.

October 2019
A truck driver sits in his truck.

Roadside eye care: helping Indian truckers stay safe behind the wheel

Sightsavers' Kate McCoy spent three days at a noisy roadside truck stop to see how Sightsavers is helping truck drivers to get the vital eye treatment they need.

October 2019
A health worker examines a woman's eyes

New figures show more than a billion people have avoidable vision impairment

The statistics feature in the World Health Organization's first World Report on Vision, published ahead of World Sight Day.

October 2019
Mercia laughs and celebrates with a trachoma surgery patient after her bandages have been removed.

Mercia’s story

Mercia, from Mozambique, has worked at Sightsavers for nine years, and is determined to make sure everyone can get good-quality eye care.

Selben smiles with a group of health staff in Nigeria.

Selben’s story

Selben is an ophthalmologist who works for Sightsavers in Kaduna, Nigeria. She manages our programmes and makes sure people are treated for potentially blinding eye conditions.

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