And the inequalities are huge: the number of people affected in low and middle income countries is four times higher than in high income countries.
Our Seeing is Believing project, active in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, has worked to address those inequalities, treat avoidable blindness and improve local healthcare to ensure the impact is lasting.
To celebrate the 17-year-long project, we challenged Sightsavers CEO Caroline Harper to memorise and recite 17 of those achievements within 90 seconds.
Watch Caroline’s challenge below.
The Seeing is Believing project, funded by Standard Chartered, worked in 22 countries with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and a global community of leading eye care non-governmental organisations.