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A man smiles, wearing a yellow Sightsavers tshirt.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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