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A male trachoma patient sitting outside, smiling.
Sightsavers Reports

Yaya’s story

When Gambian community leader Yaya caught trachoma, he was forced to stop working. After a successful operation, people are happy to have him back.

Mariam gives a cheeky smile to the camera.
Sightsavers Reports

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.
Sightsavers Reports

Screening school children in Zanzibar

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

A close up of Mr Ndalela examining a young girls eyes.
Sightsavers Reports

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.

Namukolo and her brother carry water buckets through their village.
Sightsavers Reports

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.

All nine members of the Yadav family sit for a photo.
Sightsavers Reports

The Yadav family’s story

The family were in a unique position: eight out of nine had cataracts, and the children were struggling to get an education.

Three-year-old Nadir from Bangladesh.
Sightsavers Reports

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.

Sayon smiling, she is sitting outside in the shade.
Sightsavers Reports

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.

A group of people sitting on the grass. A man, with a money box, is leading a discussion.
Sightsavers Reports

The savings group that’s changing lives

The Masindi Savings Group meets under a tree outside local council buildings in Uganda. But the unusual location isn’t the only unorthodox thing about it.

Mafoune and her teacher smiling.
Sightsavers Reports

Mafoune’s story

Eleven-year-old Mafoune has low vision. She is happy, confident and loves school: an education project for children with disabilities has made all the difference.

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