Lorraine will talk about her trip to Kenya, where she met people suffering from trachoma and saw them undergo a straightforward operation to restore their sight. She’ll also talk about the difference the operation can make to a person’s life, and how affordable it is: just £8 can stop the pain and enable someone to see clearly again.
Don’t forget to tune in and listen – the appeal will be broadcast on Sunday at 7.55am and 9.26pm, then again on Thursday 3 April at 3.27pm. It will also be available on the BBC Radio 4 appeal website for a week after the first broadcast.
You can donate to Sightsavers here or send a cheque payable to Sightsavers to FREEPOST BBC Radio 4 appeal (write ‘Sightsavers’ on the back of the envelope).
People requiring surgery treat severe cases of trachoma, the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness, have declined from 7.6 million in 2002 to 2 million in 2020, according to World Health Organization data.
We have a lot of work ahead of us to ensure that no one is left behind, but if we can eliminate one NTD, we can then focus on eliminating the others.