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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.

Together, we can end the agony of trachoma.

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Learn more about our appeal

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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 for the disease, and we’ve already beaten it in Ghana. We aim to eliminate it for good by 2025. But we need your help: find out how below.

Support our mission to end the agony of trachoma

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How can I get involved?

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Make a donation

Your gift can help us distribute antibiotics to banish trachoma for good by 2025, saving millions of people from the threat of blindness. Help us make history: donate now

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Fundraise with us

There are so many ways you can help, from organising a coffee morning 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 and treat them with antibiotics, their sight can be saved.

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?

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What is trachoma?

More than 142 million people worldwide are at risk of going blind from the disease.

More about trachoma
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“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

Help end the misery of trachoma

I would like to make a donation:

could pay to treat or protect an entire community against trachoma.

could pay for sight-saving operations for three patients with advanced trachoma.

could screen a community for a range of eye conditions including trachoma.

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could provide 100 people with a course of eye ointment to treat an active trachoma infection.

could pay for an operation to correct the in-turned eyelashes of someone with advanced trachoma.

could pay to treat or protect an entire community against trachoma.

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Our sight-saving work in rural Kenya was featured in BBC coverage for World NTD Day 2020.

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Blink exhibition

Our interactive exhibition, at London's [email protected], raises awareness of Sightsavers’ End is in Sight campaign to eliminate blinding trachoma.

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Trachoma timeline

Trachoma is one of the world’s oldest recorded diseases: evidence suggests it has been around for more than 10,000 years. Our timeline tracks the disease from the Ice Age to the present and beyond.