Bill and Melinda Gates have said that by 2030, diseases including trachoma and river blindness will be consigned to the history books.
Sightsavers’ A Million Miracles appeal, which aims to provide a million sight-saving surgeries in three years, has raised more than £4.8 million.
Cataracts is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, but up to one in four patients in low-income countries have poor vision after cataract surgery.
Sightsavers has launched its biggest ever appeal, A Million Miracles, which aims to raise £30 million to provide a million sight-restoring surgeries.
A blind man’s sight-restoring bilateral cataract operation was broadcast live around the world today from a hospital in Malawi.
Children in Northern Kenya are taking lessons in facewashing, which will help to eliminate the blinding disease trachoma in the country.
Cyclists from St Albans calling themselves the Jolly Wheelers are poised to set out on their annual charity bike ride across Italy in aid of Sightsavers.
Sightsavers has hailed today’s report from the International Development Select Committee into strengthening health systems in developing countries.