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The end is in sight

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.

In Zimbabwe, case finders check children's eyes for signs of trachoma.

About the campaign

The End is in Sight is Sightsavers’ campaign working to eliminate blinding trachoma in countries where it is still a public health problem. Our aim is to eliminate this disease in countries where we work by 2025.

Trachoma has devastated the world’s poorest communities since the earliest records, and worldwide there are currently about 1.9 million people who are blind or visually impaired because of it. Our campaign asks people to help us make the ambition of ending this avoidable disease a reality.

A huge amount has been achieved so far with the number of people at risk of trachoma having fallen by 91% since 2002 (WHO, June 2019). However, there is still a great deal of work to do.  Sightsavers is working in over 30 countries across Africa and Asia to eliminate trachoma.  Will you help us beat it by 2025?

A woman dressed in traditional clothing poses for the camera. she is blind in her left eye.

What is trachoma?

More than 137 million people worldwide are at risk of going blind from the disease.

About the disease

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?

What we've achieved so far

We've still a way to go - but so far the campaign has already made great strides towards elimination, and Ghana was declared trachoma-free in 2018.

How we did it

How can I join in the fight?

A life transformed! Filly smiles after receiving treatment for trachoma in Tanzania

Donate
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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With his sight restored, Muzi sits with a smile on his face in his village in Nigeria

“Since the surgery he has been playing a lot. In fact he plays too much now!”

With his sight restored, Muzi sits with a smile on his face in his village in Nigeria

Seven-year-old Muzi, from Sokoto, Nigeria, was suffering from painful trachoma and was at risk of going blind. He could not go to school or play with other children. But thanks to Sightsavers, he was diagnosed and had an operation to save his sight. Read his 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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