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Ophthalmologist Moira performs an eye operation.

A day in the life: “You really feel that you’ve made a difference”

Dr Moira Chinthambi received a Sightsavers scholarship to train as an ophthalmologist and now works on our inclusive eye health programme in Malawi.

A day in the life: “I’ve wanted to do this for a long time”

Alinafe Zaina is studying clinical ophthalmology in Malawi with the help of a scholarship provided by Sightsavers’ inclusive eye health programme.

A woman with crutches walks into a building.

We are… promoting inclusive elections

We’re working with partners in Cameroon and Senegal to ensure people with disabilities are able to take part in every stage of the political process.

Two young people hold up flip charts on the wall as part of a training programme in Kenya.

We are… training young people with disabilities

We’re working with partners in Kenya to give young people the skills and practical experience they need to begin a career in IT.

An older man smiles as he holds his right hand over his eye during an eye test.

We are… creating inclusive eye health services 

We’re working with governments in Uganda and Malawi to improve access to quality eye care services and prevent avoidable blindness.

Nora in her classroom with a student who is in a wheelchair. Nora is holding her hands in the air, and the student is watching.

We are… ensuring pre-schools are inclusive

In Malawi, we work with partners to ensure young children with disabilities can learn, play and develop alongside their peers.

A montage of handwritten letters and photos from Malawi.

Letters from Malawi

Hear first-hand how people’s lives have been transformed now that trachoma has been eliminated in the country.

Arif and his mother sit on a bed chatting.

“Now I know what a gift sight is”

Arif’s life changed when he had two cataract operations at five years old. We've been following his journey since then, from completing his education to finding work as a driver.

Asmau and Fatima, both wearing coloured headscarves, smile and embrace at their home in Nigeria.

“Thank God for giving us a mother who loves us so much”

In Nigeria, one community is home to a family in which nearly every member has experienced visual impairment. Amina and six of her seven children have had eye surgery to treat cataracts, ensuring they all have the chance to thrive.

Shamima and her child Toha in Bangladesh. There's an illustrated ring of small dots surrounding their faces.

It started with a tuk-tuk: Shamima’s story

Shamima, who has hearing and speech impairments, was able to access vital treatment after her sister heard about Sightsavers’ free eye camps.

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