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Mercia laughs and celebrates with a trachoma surgery patient after her bandages have been removed.

Mercia’s story

Mercia, from Mozambique, has worked at Sightsavers for nine years, and is determined to make sure everyone can get good-quality eye care.

Selben smiles with a group of health staff in Nigeria.

Selben’s story

Selben is an ophthalmologist who works for Sightsavers in Kaduna, Nigeria. She manages our programmes and makes sure people are treated for potentially blinding eye conditions.

Postan outside with a smile on his face

Postan’s story

Opthalmic nurse Postan Phiri is a popular figure in the communities he visits in rural Zambia, referring patients with cataracts for sight-saving surgery.

Gladys writing in her exercise book at school.

Free from cataracts, and back at school!

Gladys loved going to school. But when an accident damaged her eye, her deteriorating vision meant she was forced to stay at home. Thanks to Sightsavers, she's now back in the classroom and is excelling in her studies.

Three siblings from Zambia smile following their trachoma treatment.

With your help, we’ve reached the unreachable in Zambia

Last year, during a visit to western Zambia, we met brothers Sililo and Maimbolwa, and their sister Inutu. All were suffering from trachoma – but we were able to treat them, thanks to you.

A student covers one eye during an eye test at a school in India.

How we’re training teachers to spot blinding eye conditions

Mr Aahiswar is head teacher at Rangai Middle School in central India. He has been trained to screen students for vision problems so children can get the life-changing help they need.

Sightsavers surgeon Aliyu smiles with a group of children.

Meet the dancing trachoma surgeon

Aliyu A-Umar, a former trachoma surgeon in Nigeria, has an inspiring way of making people feel at ease about eye care.

Charles Ahumuza at work as an engineer.

Charles’s story

Charles Ahumuza, who is partially sighted, reveals how Sightsavers' inclusive employment programme in Uganda has helped him to fulfil his childhood dream of becoming an electrician.

Mary, a volunteer in Ghana, sits with three smiling children.

Meet Mary, a sight-saving volunteer

Mary, a dedicated mother of seven, used to work as a teacher. Now, she is saving sight in Asubende village in Ghana, by distributing medication to protect people from river blindness. Here you can meet some of the people she has helped.

Jacob and Moses outside their village in Nigeria.

The father and son fighting tropical diseases in Nigeria

Meet Jacob and Moses, who are working together to protect their community from diseases such as river blindness.

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