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Sandeep Kumar, a truck driver from India, stands in front of his truck.

Helping India’s truck drivers to see clearly

In India, five million truck drivers transport two thirds of the nation’s cargo. Yet many don’t have the time or money to get their eyes checked regularly.

December 2017
Three-year-old Nadir from Bangladesh.

Nadir’s story

Three-year-old Nadir had cataracts in both eyes since birth, which severely affected his vision. But an operation restored his sight and changed his life.

A group of people riding on an uncovered autorickshaw in Bangladesh.

How you’re helping us restore sight in Bangladesh

Sightsavers’ Ella Pierce travelled to Bangladesh and met eight-year-old Suborna, who was in desperate need of a cataract operation. This is her journey.

December 2017
Sayon smiling, she is sitting outside in the shade.

Sayon’s story

Sayon suffered for many years with trachoma, which caused her eyelashes to scratch against her eyes. Thanks to surgery, she is now free from this painful disease.

Aklima clings to the bars of one of the windows in her home.

Aklima’s story

Three-year-old Aklima has cataracts that affect her vision. Her home is surrounded by water, so it's a race against time to treat her and keep her safe.

A street in an urban slum in Lahore.

Going where the need is greatest: eye care in Lahore, Pakistan

It’s vitally important to investigate and address eye health disparities in urban areas, says Sightsavers' Guillaume Trotignon.

Guillaume Trotignon, November 2017
A truck stacked high with bags of rice travels down the road in Bihar, India.

How Sightsavers is changing lives in India

Sightsavers’ Ed Hennessy travelled to Bihar in north-east India with staff from corporate partner Nikon to see how cataracts are treated in some of the poorest and most remote parts of the country.

October 2017
Kauser has her eyes screened.

Kausar’s story

Kausar had been losing her sight for years, and worried how her family would cope. But a Sightsavers-funded cataract operation turned her life around.

Zamurrad sits alone in her home in Pakistan.

Zamurrad’s story

Zamurrad’s life ground to a halt when she developed cataracts, but a straightforward operation gave her back her independence.

Murtaza picks sweets out of a box in a shop, while smiling.

Murtaza’s story

When 30-year-old Murtaza started losing his sight to cataracts, he feared he’d be reliant on his family. But straightforward surgery restored his vision.

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