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Issa, Mayasa and Bibie outside their home

Number of people at risk of trachoma has fallen by 91%

In 2002 there were was about 1.5 billion people worldwide at risk of the eye disease. But new data from the World Health Organization shows this has fallen to just over 142 million people.

June 2019
A surgeon operates, using only the light of a window, on a patient to save their sight from trachoma.

Photo of sight-saving surgery is nominated for prestigious UK prize

Adriane Ohanesian’s image of a surgeon operating on a teenager in a makeshift clinic has been put forward for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019.

June 2019
Three women laughing together

Sightsavers petition calls on government of Malawi to protect people with albinism

It is estimated that there are over 134,600 people with albinism living in Malawi, many of whom face deep-seated discrimination.

June 2019
A wide view of a large debating chamber at the United Nations. The chamber is filled with people and a video screen shows captioned text.

United Nations launches new disability strategy

The launch of the strategy coincides with the launch of Sightsavers’ global petition which calls for the UN and its member states to uphold disability rights.

June 2019
Professor Christopher Whitty.

Sightsavers trustee appointed chief medical officer for England

Professor Christopher Whitty, who has been on Sightsavers’ board of trustees since 2017, will take up the post in October.

June 2019
A man holding a sign that reads: Join us in the fight for disability rights and help us change the world.

Sightsavers launches disability rights petition

The petition is part of Sightsavers' campaign calling for political leaders and global organisations to uphold the rights of people with disabilities around the world.

June 2019
Dominic Haslam sat at a desk talking into a microphone

Sightsavers director Dominic Haslam awarded an OBE

Dominic, who is Sightsavers’ Director of Policy and Programme Strategy, is recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to people with disabilities.

June 2019
The Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute.

50,000 patients screened during first year of innovative cataract project

The Cameroon Cataract Development Impact Loan brings together public and private investors alongside eye care delivery experts and charities, including Sightsavers.

June 2019
A woman affected by lymphatic filariasis (LF) sits outside her home.

Sightsavers’ research on NTDs and disability is published by Oxford University Press

The research, carried out by Sightsavers, looks at the relationship between disabilities and neglected tropical disease treatment.

May 2019
Schoolgirl and trachoma champion Safira Mwale shows how to wash her face with a tippy tap by her home near Kasungu in Malawi, August 29, 2018.

Sightsavers to host ‘Build a tippy tap’ challenge at the Science Museum

Sightsavers will join the free Science Museum Lates event on 29 May 2019, where visitors will have the chance to build a home-made tap against the clock.

May 2019
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