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What we want

We want avoidable blindness to be eliminated. We want equality for people with disabilities.

What we do

We help blind people to see again, and prevent people from going blind wherever we can. We improve the lives of people with disabilities, particularly those who have permanent sight loss.

We need to change the lives of people at risk of sight loss for the long term, not just today. So we campaign to make the world a fairer place for people with disabilities and we tackle the underlying causes of avoidable blindness.

For more in depth information about our work and current projects, visit our policy and research pages.

Preventing blindness

Every year, we support our partners to carry out millions of eye examinations and refer people for treatment to prevent blindness and restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, we enable the distribution of medication to prevent blinding diseases. We fund operations for people who need them, and train eye care workers and surgeons.

Supporting equality

We work with partners to train specialist teaching staff; supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools; and educate communities to reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Because of Sightsavers, people who are visually impaired or have other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.

Campaigning for change

We work with national governments, strengthening systems that tackle the problems at the root of avoidable blindness – the sorts of things most of us take for granted, like access to clean water, sanitation facilities and education. We make changes for the long term, and help change systems from the inside to ensure support continues to be given to the people who need it.

Stories

Rahel Kasaw after her trachoma operation in Ethiopia.

“I feel I am equal to my classmates now”

Rahel

Flash Odiwuor.

“Sightsavers helped me to go back to school”

Flash

“A Facebook message saved our son’s sight”

Polok

“I volunteer so I can help my community”

Ajuna

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News

15-year-old Jenneh, who is blind, outside her school building in the Bo district of Sierra Leone.

Children with disabilities in Sierra Leone given the chance to go to school

15 August 2017

A new Sightsavers project, in the northern Bombali district, will particularly focus on girls with disabilities to ensure they receive an education. Continue reading

Rosalind Jones sits in her home beside a photo of her brother, plus newspaper clippings about the plane crash.

Proceeds from air crash book to be donated to Sightsavers

14 August 2017

An author whose brother died in a plane crash in Norway in 1961 has written a book to investigate the tragedy, with royalties donated to charities including Sightsavers. Continue reading

Five children dressed up as celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Ella Eyre, Michael Caine, Liam Gallagher and Lewis Hamilton.

Kids step into their idols’ shoes for Specs Appeal

08 August 2017

Five children were given the chance to become a celebrity for the day, and were snapped by photographer Rankin for Sightsavers’ Specs Appeal. Continue reading

Global blindness set to triple by 2050

03 August 2017

Sightsavers has pledged to continue to tackle avoidable blindness after research revealed the number of blind people across the world is set to soar. Continue reading

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91%

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9%

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