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Headshot of Aruna, a boy who had schisto.
Sightsavers Reports

Aruna’s story

Despite knowing how important it is to go to school, 12-year-old Aruna struggled to keep up his attendance after catching schistosomiasis, which can cause severe abdominal pain.

Mwiza looks sad as he sits outside his home.
Sightsavers Reports

Mwiza’s story

Mwiza, like many eight-year-olds, loves soccer and playing with his best friend. But he has trachoma: without treatment, he risks losing his sight.

Abdu stands in his house.
Sightsavers Reports

Abdu’s story

For years, Abdu suffered from the pain of trachoma. Thanks to a Sightsavers-supported programme, he was examined, diagnosed and given treatment to protect his sight.

Naheed, Mahmoud and their grandchildren smiling.
Sightsavers Reports

Naheed’s story

Naheed is one of the final patients to have surgery as a result of our Million Miracles campaign, which has raised enough to fund a million cataract operations in the countries where we work.

A man smiles, wearing a yellow Sightsavers tshirt.
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Givemore’s story

Ophthalmic nurse Givemore travels to remote communities in Zimbabwe to examine people for signs of trachoma. He wants to make sure everyone is treated so their sight can be saved.

Augusto and his grandchildren smile and wave at the camera.
Sightsavers Reports

Augusto’s story

Augusto, who had both cataracts and trachoma, struggled to get medical help because of his disability. But Sightsavers’ inclusive healthcare approach enabled him to be treated.

Okello Charles.
Sightsavers Reports

Okello’s story

After seeing many of his friends and family lose their sight to river blindness, Okello Charles volunteered to become a ‘fly catcher’, helping to eliminate the flies that spread the disease.

Rahinatu holds her granddaughter and smiles following her trachoma surgery.
Sightsavers Reports

In Ghana, we’ve beaten trachoma and changed millions of lives

In May 2018, Ghana became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate trachoma. Read the amazing stories here.

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.

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