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Research

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

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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.

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.

Our research centre

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.

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Why we conduct research

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Inform programmes

We feed evidence back into our programme design, to make sure they help people in the best possible way.

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Generate evidence

We conduct high quality research to address global gaps in knowledge and improve how we operate.

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Build partnerships

Our research helps us to build effective partnerships so we can generate and use evidence effectively.

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Share our findings

Finally, we make sure our research findings are shared effectively, both within and outside the organisation.

Read more about Sightsavers’ research

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Sightsavers blog

It’s all about the numbers: how economics is helping us to save sight in schools

By using economics, we can make sure our school eye screening programmes are affordable and efficient, ensuring thousands of children in poorer countries can get the eye care they need.

Guillaume Trotignon, July 2019
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Sightsavers blog

Catching the mosquitoes that spread lymphatic filariasis

Sightsavers’ research, which involves testing mosquitoes for signs of the disease, can help us to ensure treatment is directed where it’s needed most.

Dr Rogers Nditanchou, September 2019
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Sightsavers from the field

How our research is finding new ways to fight river blindness

For more than 20 years, medication has been distributed in Cameroon to stop the spread of river blindness. Yet people are still testing positive for the disease. We wanted to know why.

August 2019