Inclusive health

Sightsavers advocates for universal health coverage, meaning all people, wherever they live, can access quality, affordable health care.

A surgeon in Mali stands next to his female patient following her eye surgery. Both are smiling.

As part of our inclusive eye health project in Bhopal, students painted murals to promote inclusion of people with disabilities.

Good health and wellbeing is essential to our daily lives. It allows children to learn and adults to earn.

Being healthy, and having access to the health services you need, is vital for all of us – but more than 400 million people worldwide lack access to even basic health care services, and 40 per cent of the world’s population lacks social protection (national systems that address extreme poverty and vulnerability).

The impact of this on people’s health and wellbeing is considerable. In many countries, health outcomes (for example, life expectancy) are unacceptably low, and millions face destitution from catastrophic health care costs. Sightsavers works to promote people’s health and wellbeing, to reduce inequities in health and to strengthen the systems needed to deliver effective, affordable, accessible quality health services.

We work with partners, governments, UN and multilateral agencies and others to promote good health and robust health systems.

Art students from the Sarjana Academy.

Inclusive eye health

Our inclusive eye health project in Bhopal, India was created to empower people with disabilities so they are able to make informed decisions about eye care and prioritise their health.

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Art student putting finishing touches to the Inclusive Eye Health mural in Bhopal.
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Young artists get creative to promote disability inclusion

Art students in Bhopal painted striking murals along the wall of a hospital to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

A group of five elderly people on Bhopal. All are sitting on the floor smiling, while wearing spectacles.
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Counting the difference: what did we learn in Bhopal?

Emma Jolley travelled to Bhopal to revisit the disability disaggregation pilot happening there and take stock of what we have learned in the past year.

A woman has her eyes examined at the screening camp in Bhopal, set up for survivors of the gas disaster.
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Eye screening for survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy

Sightsavers organised screening camps for those affected by the Bhopal disaster in 1984, when a gas leak killed 3,800 people.

We campaign for equality for people with disabilities

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