The end is in sight for trachoma

We’re on a mission to end trachoma by 2025, and with your support, we can make history.

The End is in Sight is our campaign to eliminate one of the world’s oldest diseases. We know where it is, and we know how to treat it. Now we need your help to banish it for good.

Together, we can end the agony of trachoma.

Eye surgeon Dr Ndalela examines a child's eyes to check for signs of trachoma.
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An excruciating disease

Imagine if every time you blinked, your eyelashes scraped agonisingly on your eyeballs until you went blind. That’s the reality for millions of people who have trachoma.

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What we’re doing

This infectious eye disease thrives in areas with water shortages, poor sanitation and infestations of flies.
But it can be treated and prevented with antibiotics and good hygiene.

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Help us make history

We’ve spent years treating people to prevent the disease reoccurring. We’ve already beaten it in Ghana. Our aim is to eliminate it for good by 2025. But we need your help.

The disease can be traced as far back as the Ice Age

Read the history of trachoma

How can I get involved?

Make a donation

Any gift you give can help us distribute antibiotics to banish trachoma for good by 2025, saving millions of adults and children from the threat of blindness. Help us make history: donate now

Fundraise with us

There are so many ways you can help, from organising a coffee morning or birthday collection to running a marathon, trekking up Kilimanjaro or even skydiving. Get started with fundraising

We can’t do it without your help

We must act now. If we can reach a child with trachoma early and treat them with antibiotics, their sight can be completely restored.

But the longer they go without treatment, the more damage trachoma can cause. And it takes more than their sight. The agony and disability of trachoma can stop people earning a living and prevent children going to school, leaving them trapped in a cycle of poverty.

It takes their independence. Their education. Even their future.

Through years of hard work, we’ve weakened trachoma’s grip and have beaten it in countries such as Ghana. Now we have a chance to make history.

Our plan is to eliminate the disease by 2025. Will you join the fight?

Trichiasis patient Edisa Nalubanga has her bandages removed after surgery.

What is trachoma?

More than 157 million people worldwide are at risk of going blind from the disease.

More about trachoma
Namukolo and her brother walk near their home.

“The medicine saved my eyes!”

Namukolo and her brother walk near their home.

Six-year-old Namukolo, from rural Zambia, was suffering from trachoma. Without treatment, she risked going blind and spreading the infection to her twin brother. But thanks to Sightsavers, she was diagnosed and given antibiotics to treat the infection and save her sight. Read Namukolo’s story

Find out more about trachoma

A surgeon operates, using only the light of a window, on a patient to save their sight from trachoma.

Photo of sight-saving surgery is nominated for prestigious UK prize

Adriane Ohanesian’s image of a surgeon operating on a teenager in a makeshift clinic has been put forward for the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019.

A wide shot of the rural landscape in Nasir, South Sudan. The fields are very wet and the grass is a lush green.
Sightsavers Reports

Saving sight in the world’s most remote locations

Trachoma, a painful eye disease, can be easily treated with antibiotics. But the challenge is reaching the people who need treatment, particularly if they live in remote areas such as Nadir in South Sudan.

Schoolgirl and trachoma champion Safira Mwale shows how to wash her face with a tippy tap by her home near Kasungu in Malawi, August 29, 2018.

Sightsavers to host ‘Build a tippy tap’ challenge at the Science Museum

Sightsavers will join the free Science Museum Lates event on 29 May 2019, where visitors will have the chance to build a home-made tap against the clock.

School children in Kenya sing songs outside in the sunshine.
Sightsavers from the field

Meeting Kenya’s health heroes

Sightsavers’ Julie Jenner meets the teachers and students who are fighting disease and preventing blindness by teaching children about good hygiene.

A woman has a big smile after receiving trachoma surgery

Trachoma elimination moves closer, a year after groundbreaking TED talk

In the year since Sightsavers' CEO gave a TED Talk about plans to eliminate trachoma, the continued fight to eliminate the disease moves closer.

Community designated distributors in Kaduna State, Nigeria pose for a photo outside the local health centre.
Sightsavers blog

Learning to adapt: what the UNITED programme has taught us

The UNITED programme has now come to an end, and has taught us numerous lessons that will inform future integrated neglected tropical disease programmes.

An eye health team on motorbikes travel across a dusty remote landscape dotted with trees and huts.
Sightsavers from the field

Reaching Ruangwa: an epic journey to help save sight

Sightsavers’ Jo Howard travels across rural Tanzania with an eye health team to see how far they must go to treat trachoma in the most remote communities.

Aluna holds Bibie outside their house in Tanzania.
Sightsavers Reports

Spring appeal

Forgotten, isolated and devastated by blinding trachoma. Will you help save the sight of a family like Bibie’s?

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Sightsavers Reports

Ghana waves goodbye to trachoma

In June 2018 Ghana officially became trachoma-free, showing how your kind donations make a real difference.

Learn more about our appeal