How your donations changed lives in 2013

July 2014

A woman hugging her infant daughter.

We’re proud to announce that during last year, working with our partners, we provided more than 106 million life-changing treatments and surgeries to people in developing countries.

Our 2013 annual report has just been released, and during the year we hit two huge and exciting milestones. Sightsavers has now distributed 100 million treatments to protect against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as trachoma and river blindness, and supported more than two million treatments for other eye conditions. Here are just a few of our other highlights.

Last year we supported:

  • eye examinations for 13.8 million people
  • 210,000 sight-restoring cataract operations
  • antibiotic trachoma treatment for nine million people
  • protection for 34 million people against river blindness
  • 9,062 children with visual impairments or other disabilities to attend school.

We also launched the Put Us in the Picture campaign, calling for people with disabilities to be included in global work to fight poverty. Sightsavers Chief Executive Dr Caroline Harper said: “Through continued hard work, dedication, backing from amazing supporters and strong partnerships, Sightsavers has been able to change the lives of people, families and communities in some of the world’s poorest countries. Distributing treatments to protect against disease, carrying out sight-saving surgeries, and helping blind people to live independently has given millions of people a better quality of life.”

Sightsavers Annual Report 2013

See highlights from our annual review (pdf)

Read about some of the people Sightsavers has supported

Message from Sightsavers Chief Executive Dr Caroline Harper:

Want to read more about our work?

Sightsavers and eye health
A hand holding a blue Novus bank card, featuring the text Visa and Novus World.

Ethical banking app Novus helps to prevent blindness

The app enables users to support Sightsavers by donating virtual ‘coins’ every time they use their bank card.

August 2021
Four pairs of sunglasses from the Togetherband range, in black, dark green, tortoiseshell and cream.

#TOGETHERBAND initiative supports Sightsavers with new sustainable sunglasses range

The initiative, which promotes the UN’s Global Goals, will donate £1 from every purchase to fund Sightsavers' work on river blindness.

July 2021
A pair of Waldo spectacles.

Eye care group WALDO teams up with Sightsavers

The company is funding vital treatment for people in need as part of its Buy One, Give Vision programme.

June 2021