DONATE
sightsavers_news

Sightsavers wins award for its work fighting avoidable blindness

September 2017
Bill Kendal, Izidine Hassane and Julia Strong of Sightsavers, and Massimo Maggio and Babar Qureshi of CBM.
Bill Kendal, Izidine Hassane and Julia Strong of Sightsavers, who collected the trophy, alongside Massimo Maggio and Babar Qureshi of CBM, with whom Sightsavers shared the award.
Sightsavers' Izidine Hassane, alongside Massimo Maggio and Babar Qureshi of CBM.

Sightsavers has been given the the António Champalimaud Vision Award for its contribution towards preventing and alleviating blindness and visual impairment in developing countries.

The awards ceremony, which took place on 5 September in Lisbon, was organised by the Champalimaud Foundation, which carries out biomedical research and develops scientific solutions to improve the health of people around the world.

The award recognises groups that are actively involved in fighting blindness and visual impairment.

The jury of international scientists and public figures highlighted Sightsavers’ work leading the Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP), the largest infectious disease survey ever undertaken, which ended in 2016. The GTMP helped to pinpoint areas in which trachoma is endemic, to ensure resources can be allocated to eliminate the disease by 2020. During the project, surveyors collected data from 2.6 million people in 29 countries using Android smartphones.

Sightsavers CEO Caroline Harper said: “So much of the blindness in the world is avoidable, and we are delighted to receive such high praise and support of our work to help change this situation for good. It is gratifying to know our work supporting people with disabilities to live independent lives is also being recognised.”

Sightsavers shares the award with CBM, an international Christian organisation working to transform the lives of people with disabilities and at-risk communities in the world’s poorest places.

Want to read more about our work?

Sightsavers and eye health
Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame smiling.
sightsavers_news

Ghana nominates Sightsavers employee for UN disability committee

The government of Ghana has nominated Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame for a place on the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

February 2018
Criscent smiles after his operation.
sightsavers_news

Jeweller Leibish & Co chooses Sightsavers as charity partner

The diamond retailer will donate a percentage of every purchase to Sightsavers, in time for a sparkling Valentine’s Day later this month.

February 2018
A health worker talks to an LF patient.
sightsavers_news
News / NTDs /

Research calls for new approach to treating neglected tropical diseases in urban areas

Research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases says distributing medication on a large scale in urban areas may not be the most effective solution.

February 2018