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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.
In May 2018, Ghana became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate trachoma. Read the amazing stories here.
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 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.
Sightsavers is training teachers in Zanzibar so they can diagnose pupils who have eye conditions such as cataracts.
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.
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.
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 had cataracts in both eyes since birth, which severely affected his vision. But an operation restored his sight and changed his life.
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.
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