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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.

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.

Nadir, a young boy from Bangladesh. His cataracts are clearly visible.

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.

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.

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.

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