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Claiming rights and restoring sight: Shamima’s story

Shamima, who is hearing and speech impaired, has developed a unique way to communicate with her close family.

A surgeon dressed in scrubs prepares for theatre

Meet Elizabeth, who's saving sight in Kenya

A decade ago, Turkana had the highest prevalence of trachoma of any county. Now thanks to eye health workers like Elizabeth, the number of cases have been severely reduced.

A woman dressed in traditional clothing poses for the camera. she is blind in her left eye.

The friend next door: how Ekeno’s neighbour saved her sight

Ekeno was experiencing terrible pain in her eyes, until her neighbour, Sightsavers-trained community worker Susan, was able to get her the help she needed.

A man and woman embrace following successful surgery.

Gordane and Suhura's story

Gordane and Suhura, from Mozambique, could not see each other's faces for years. Now following sight-saving cataract surgery, they are living life to the full once again.

A mother helps her daughter with some school work.

Khadijah’s story

Six-year-old Khadijah was getting into trouble at school for not being able to do her work. But following an eye operation she can’t wait to learn to read and write.

A close-up of Esther Anyango wearing her hospital scrubs.

Esther’s story

Esther Anyango, from Uganda, operates on people with blinding trachoma through The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s Trachoma Initiative.

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.

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