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Abrehet with her baby.

Abrehet’s story

A young mother with trachoma in Ethiopia experienced pain every time she blinked. A quick operation has saved her sight and relieved the constant pain.

Flash sits at his desk in a wheelchair in school, surrounded by his classmates as they listen to their teacher.

Flash’s story

Flash Odiwuor, a 13-year-old from Kenya, contracted polio and lost the use of his legs. But a Sightsavers programme enabled him to return to school.

Asha plays in a tree outside her home with another child from her village.

Asha’s story

Asha was bullied by other children because of her cataracts. But a straightforward operation restored her sight, her confidence and her hope for the future.

Rahel Kasaw is sitting down outside with trees behind her. She is leaning on her hand and looking to the side. She is wearing a bright pink cardigan.

Rahel’s story

For five years, 18-year-old Rahel was in constant discomfort and fearful of bright light. After her trachoma operation, she is able to study again.

Sister Habiba Shemsu.

Sister Habiba’s story

Imagine having to walk eight hours to get to work. That’s the challenge facing Sister Habiba Shemsu, an eye care worker in south-west Ethiopia.

Arjuna Socia, 33 years old, stands outside the Kibwoona Health centre in Masindi, Uganda where she attended the Volunteer Distributor Training for Community Directed Distributors. She is smiling and wearing a pink shirt.

Ajuna’s story

Ajuna Socia, aged 33, lives in the Bunyoro region in western Uganda, and has been volunteering as a drug distributor for the past five years.

Najiiba and Julius

Romance blooms in Sightsavers’ Uganda programme

Finding true love isn’t easy. For Najiiba and Julius, it seemed almost impossible because of the stigma they faced due to their disabilities.

Issa Dawood from Sudan.

Issa’s story

Issa’s sight had been deteriorating for seven years, until a team from the Global Trachoma Mapping Project examined his eyes and referred him for treatment.

Bakir Rashid, 2, smiles as he walks with his father on a family outing to the beach days after a successful bilateral cataract operation.

Bakir’s story

Two-year-old Bakir was born with cataracts in both eyes. He’s a happy, confident toddler who’s adored by his family, but they all worry about him.

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