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Helen Keller International

Helen Keller International is a US-based international development group with a long and distinguished history in preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition.

Founded in 1915, HKI works in many of the same countries as Sightsavers in Africa and Asia, and shares our vision of a world free from avoidable blindness. We have worked together frequently over the years – as well as collaborating directly on delivering health interventions in developing countries, we engage in joint advocacy with a particular focus on the UK, the US and the European Union.

Sightsavers CEO Caroline Harper says of the partnership: “We have worked closely with HKI for many years, and I am very pleased that we have now strengthened this. There is much to be done, especially with neglected tropical diseases now being noted as a major issue in developing countries, and increasing levels of collaboration between like-minded partners is definitely the way forward.”

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UK government cuts funding for neglected tropical diseases

The £4 billion cut includes ending funding for the FCDO's flagship neglected tropical disease programmes, including the Sightsavers-led Ascend West and Central Africa programme.

June 2021
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Sightsavers study highlights gaps in research into disability discrimination

The study looked at interventions that have been used to tackle stigma, and highlighted gaps in the evidence base. Researchers are now calling for more effort to be put into filling these gaps.

June 2021
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Sightsavers calls for equity and inclusion in statement to UN disability conference

Sightsavers' video statement was delivered as part of the annual disability conference in New York. It called for disability rights to be upheld in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 2021

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