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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
Rakiya speaks to one of her students before the eye test.

Sightsavers celebrates partnership anniversary with Spectrum Markets

Spectrum Markets has been supporting Sightsavers’ childhood blindness project in Nigeria, helping to screen children for vision impairments and provide treatment.

April 2022
An eye health worker shines a torch into a woman's eyes to check for eye issues. She's wearing a colourful pink headscarf.

Sightsavers publishes new eye health research in partnership with RSTMH

The research supplement highlights how non-governmental organisations such as Sightsavers can generate high-quality evidence through their programmes.

April 2022
A large group of transgender women pose for a photo.

“Now we can get the help we need”

In Pakistan and Bangladesh, the Right to Health project worked with transgender communities to remove the barriers they face when accessing inclusive eye health services.

March 2022
A patient is interviewed by a member of Sightsavers staff as part of a project.

How the Keep Sight initiative aims to overcome inequalities when diagnosing glaucoma

The project raises awareness of glaucoma in an effort to reduce the number of people going blind if their condition is left untreated.

Sightsavers, March 2022
Asma stands smiling in front of a large palm tree.

“Every day is women’s day when you cherish women’s dignity”

Asma is project manager for Sightsavers’ inclusive eye health project in Bangladesh, which is breaking down the barriers women face when accessing eye care services.

Dr Jalikatu uses ophthalmology equipment to examine a man's eyes.

“As a woman, you’re always trying to prove that you belong”

Meet Dr Jalikatu, who’s the only female ophthalmologist in Sierra Leone and the head of the national eye care programme.

A smiling boy receives a gift of a backpack and art supplies.

Spectrum Markets helps children in Nigeria get creative for World Children’s Day

Students in Kaduna State celebrated by creating colourful drawings using art materials donated by Sightsavers’ corporate partner.

November 2021
A collage of images featuring men, women and children wearing glasses.

World Sight Day 2021: highlights from around the world

On 14 October 2021, Sightsavers staff, partner organisations and supporters celebrated World Sight Day to raise awareness about the importance of access to good eye care.

October 2021