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An elderly woman in Uganda has her eyes examined to check for trachoma.

Free eye examinations launched for older people in Uganda

People aged over 65 can now have a free eye examination while collecting their pension, and can then be referred for treatment for conditions such as cataracts or blinding trachoma.

June 2018
Mariam gives a cheeky smile to the camera.

Mariam’s story

Mariam is a Sightsavers trained community directed distributor, who loves her job. She gets to help protect people in her village from the threat of river blindness.

Nachum has her hand over one eye and holds her other hand up.

Screening school children in Zanzibar

Sightsavers is training teachers in Zanzibar so they can diagnose pupils who have eye conditions such as cataracts.

A woman has her eyes examined by a male ophthalmologist.

Lessons from our first inclusive eye health project

Sightsavers recently undertook a learning review to capture and consolidate what we’ve learned so far from our eye health pilot project in Bhopal, India.

Sightsavers, May 2018
Surgical staff perform a cataract operation.

Watch cataract surgery condensed into one and a half minutes

During a recent trip to Bangladesh, we filmed a time-lapse video of a Sightsavers cataract operation taking place at Khulna BNSB hospital.

April 2018
A group of six children sit on the floor, some have glasses and all of them are smiling.

Eye health groups call for urgent action to prevent blindness

Sightsavers and five other organisations have issued an open letter that aims to put pressure on Commonwealth governments, ahead of next week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

April 2018
Sightsavers' Jo Howard, stands in the shade and talks to the villagers.

Reaching children in rural Zambia

Sightsavers’ Jo Howard travelled to western Zambia to see first-hand the difference your support makes to people in some of the world’s rural communities.

Jo Howard, March 2018
A close up of Mr Ndalela examining a young girls eyes.

Mr Ndalela’s story

Meet Mr Ndalela. He is the only eye surgeon in the Senanga region of western Zambia who can carry out complicated procedures. But he’s frustrated he can’t do more to help people in the community.

A group of smiling children in a classroom in Uganda.

Eye health groups call on Commonwealth governments to commit to protecting sight

Six leading organisations have come together under the banner ‘Vision for the Commonwealth’ to ask Commonwealth leaders to bring eye care to all.

March 2018
Namukolo and her brother carry water buckets through their village.

Namukolo’s story

We believe that no child should have to stop their education due to reversible blindness and infection. But for Namukolo, this could have been a reality.

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