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Research

High-quality research is critical to help Sightsavers deliver its strategy and programmes successfully.

Christiana Solomon has lymphatic filariasis. She lives in Lokoja, Nigeria, with her family.

Sightsavers supports research in eye health, neglected tropical diseases, education and social inclusion.

Collaborative working with a broad range of research partners is key to developing research capacity both within the organisation and among our partners, and we continue to strive to extend our network of partnerships in the countries in which we work.

In 2017, Sightsavers was awarded Independent Research Organisation (IRO) status, making us one of the only international non-governmental organisations to hold this status in the UK. As an IRO, Sightsavers is eligible to apply for grants from the seven UK research councils.

Our research centre has more information on how we work, including our organisational research strategy and a selection of our past and current projects and publications.

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Sightsavers awarded Independent Research Organisation status

The organisation is one of the only international non-governmental organisations to hold this status in the UK.

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Putting learning into practice: using research to reach people at risk of NTDs in Nigeria

Nigeria carries around 25 per cent of Africa’s NTD burden. However, progress is being made and research is playing a key role in helping to eliminate the diseases.

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Sightsavers wins outstanding abstract award at World Ophthalmology Congress

The award is given to researchers based on the scientific quality of their work and is evaluated by a panel of reviewers.