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Where we work

Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries in some of the poorest parts of the world.

A group of children hold hands in a circle in a school in Uganda, with a backdrop of lush green hills.

Our work focuses on low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia.

In 2020 we carried out more than six million eye examinations across the countries where we work, and distributed more than 42 million treatments to prevent and treat debilitating diseases.

Our first programmes in the 1950s started in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Nigeria, with several other African countries following in the next two decades. In the 1960s and 70s we also expanded into Asia with our first projects in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and continued to extend our work across Africa. We now work in 34 countries, and have project offices in 25. Most recently, we started work in Yemen in 2018, distributing treatments for neglected tropical diseases.

Our work in Sri Lanka came to an end in 2016, marking an exciting milestone: it’s the first time we’ve been able to finish our work in a country, satisfied that the eye care services we’ve set up can continue without us.

A doctor examines a girl's eyes in India in the 1950s.

Our history

Sightsavers has been changing lives and restoring sight worldwide since 1950.

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Meet our staff around the world

Munazza Gillani.

Pakistan

“Restoring people’s sight and empowering people with disabilities gives me immense satisfaction.”

Munazza Gillani, country director
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Dr Ndalela, an ophthalmologist, from Senanga District Hospital.

Zambia

“Saving people’s sight isn’t just my job: it's my calling. I’m happy to help children have a brighter future.”

Mr Ndalela, ophthalmic doctor
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A laughing while holding a baby.

Uganda

“If we are all Ugandans, we should all be treated equally. That is what I want: to see change.”

Edith Kagoya, programme manager
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Our work around the globe

In Cameroon, a schoolboy in a classroom has a drink of water after taking deworming medication.
Sightsavers from the field

“I don’t have a tummy ache any more!”

Hear first-hand how Sightsavers is working with GiveWell to control intestinal worms and schistosomiasis, two devastating diseases that affect thousands of children in Cameroon.

November 2021
A person writes on a paper spreadsheet. Only their hand is visible.
Sightsavers from the field

“A thing of joy”: celebrating seven years of the COUNTDOWN programme

This major research programme, which ended in 2021, has supported people with neglected tropical diseases to speak out about their illnesses and how they would like to be treated.

November 2021
A collage of images featuring men, women and children wearing glasses.
Sightsavers from the field

World Sight Day 2021: highlights from around the world

On 14 October 2021, Sightsavers staff, partner organisations and supporters celebrated World Sight Day to raise awareness about the importance of access to good eye care.

October 2021
Four patients wait while socially distancing for their trauchoma surgery while wearing PPE and face masks.
Sightsavers from the field

Eye care and COVID-19: what we’ve learned during the pandemic

Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been to restart our work quickly and safely. Sightsavers staff reveal our how eye care programmes have evolved in the past 18 months.

October 2021
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 group of young children playing on a climbing frame outside a school
Sightsavers from the field

Education, not discrimination: Malawi’s inclusive pre-schools

An inclusive education project in Malawi is challenging stigma and changing lives by enabling young children with disabilities to attend pre-school alongside their peers.

September 2021
A group of doctors in blue surgical scrubs performing eye surgery.
Sightsavers from the field

How trachoma surgery has changed lives in Côte d’Ivoire

As Côte d’Ivoire completes its final operations as part of the Accelerate programme to fight trachoma, hear the stories of some of the people involved.

July 2021
An eye health worker wearing a mask shines a light into a woman's eyes to check for signs of trachoma. Another eye health worker stands nearby.
Sightsavers from the field

June 2021 update: highlights from around the world

A round-up of our work that your donations are helping to support, including news from India, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Malawi.

June 2021
Students of the Bridge Academy in Kenya stand outside.
Sightsavers from the field

Building a career in IT with the Bridge Academy

In Kenya, a Sightsavers initative is helping young people with disabilities launch their careers. Here, some of the students share their stories.

June 2021