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Angeshita smiles broadly.

“I’m a living testimony of cataract surgery”

When Angeshita regained her independence after her eye operation, so did her family. They are now able to return to school and work, giving them all hope for the future.

An eye health doctor wearing a smart white shirt and sunglasses.

Alinafe cuts the queues

Learn about one man's mission to make a difference in Malawi by training as an eye health specialist.

A female community drug distributor measures a girl to see how much medication she needs to protect her from trachoma.

“Our programme has transformed communities”

Now in its sixth year, the Accelerate programme has already delivered 53 million treatments to protect people from trachoma, and managed 91,000 advanced cases of the disease.

Dr Gladys walks with a female health worker, all wearing medical scrubs.

“Everyone deserves quality eye care services”

In Uganda, an inclusive eye health programme has helped to protect people’s vision and build a sustainable eye health system that can be accessed by everyone.

Zahra has her eyes examined.

Bringing eye health into the classroom

Zahra is one of the many children now thriving thanks to a Sightsavers programme to screen school students for eye conditions and health problems.

A mother holds and looks at her young son as they stand in front of a brick wall.

Treating cataracts in Zambia: “I know their future is going to be bright”

Cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness. On World Sight Day, learn what Sightsavers is doing to protect the sight of children with cataracts in Zambia.

A close-up of a woman having her eyes checked for trachoma.

Trachoma elimination in Benin: “All the pain was gone. It was like a miracle!”

Benin has become the latest country to eliminate blinding trachoma. Here we meet people whose lives have been transformed, and those who helped to banish the disease.

Upendo talks to a patient during an eye test.

The Boresha Macho project: improving vision in Tanzania

In Singida, an inclusive eye health programme has made eye care services more affordable, sustainable and equitable. Here, four people involved with the project share their stories.

A teacher in Nigeria outs her arm on a student's shoulders as they stand at the blackboard.

Transforming education for every child in Kenya and Nigeria

In Nigeria and Kenya, two innovative education projects are enabling children with disabilities to reach their potential.

Epidemiologist Michael Dejene, who is collecting data on trachoma, crouches next to a woman who is sorting produce.

“We’re playing a critical role to banish trachoma”

Since 2012, Sightsavers has been using smartphones to collect high-quality data, so that countries can effectively map the disease and focus their elimination efforts.

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