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The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust raises funds to transform people’s lives across the Commonwealth, as a lasting tribute to the Queen. Sightsavers was formerly known as The Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, and the Queen has been our patron since 1952.

The Trust has joined the global movement to end avoidable blindness by 2020 (Vision 2020), focusing on combating three blinding diseases that affect people across the Commonwealth: blinding trachoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity.

Sightsavers is working with the Trust to ensure that investment to tackle avoidable blindness will mean millions of people across the poorest Commonwealth countries will not only keep their sight or have it restored, but enjoy increased prosperity and a better quality of life.

Sir John Major, chairman of the Trust’s board of trustees, said: “The purpose of the Trust is to support charitable projects that will enrich the lives and opportunities of all the citizens of the Commonwealth – across generations and geographical boundaries – in order to provide a lasting legacy to the Queen.”

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More about The Trust

Sightsavers Senior Project Manager Bright Chiwaula with a patient following her trachoma operation.
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BBC highlights Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’s work to eliminate trachoma

The BBC’s live broadcast of the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey included a film about the Trust’s work in Malawi.

March 2017
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The Trust launches trachoma website

The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has launched a website that highlights the inspirational work of partners in 11 Commonwealth countries.

October 2015
From right to left Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE (Chief Executive The Trust), Prof Eka Braide (Co-Chair Nigerian NTD Steering Committee also member of Sightsavers board of trustee) and Dr Sunday Isiyaku (Sightsavers Country Director) at the lunch meeting.
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Event marks progress towards eliminating neglected tropical diseases in Nigeria

An event was hosted on 10 May an event to celebrate the progress made towards meeting the Neglected Tropical Disease elimination global targets in Nigeria.

May 2016

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