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Strengthening eye health: a focus for health systems

Poor eye health is, surprisingly to many, one of the most common health problems for people in developing countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one adult goes blind every second, and one child becomes blind every minute. Globally, an estimated 314 million people are visually impaired, including 45 million people who are blind – 90 per cent live in low-income countries.

With the move towards a more comprehensive approach to the health sector, it is time to recognise eye health as an essential component of a strong health system.

A child's eyes are examined by a nurse.

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Sightsavers and eye health
Safia has her eyes examined by a health worker to check for signs of trachoma.
Sightsavers from the field

Seeing clearly: five sight-saving stories in Benin

The Accelerate programme, supported by Sightsavers, aims to stop people going blind from trachoma. In Benin, five patients reveal how the programme has changed their lives.

September 2021
A man sitting on a hospital bed is interviewed by a Sightsavers staff member.
Sightsavers blog

‘Prevention is better than cure’: How social behaviour change prevents glaucoma blindness

The Keep Sight initiative shares its findings on how social behaviour change could address the problem of people losing their sight because of glaucoma.

Selben Penzin, September 2021
Trachoma patient Maria Fonte gives Mercia a hug after the bandages are removed from her eyes following sight-saving surgery.
Sightsavers blog

Research shows impact of Sightsavers’ work on eye health in Mozambique

Sightsavers has been working to strengthen eye health services in Mozambique since 2007. Now, new research shows exactly what we have achieved.

Mercia Cumaio, July 2021