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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 2018 we carried out more than 16 million eye examinations across the countries where we work, and distributed more than 113 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 31 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

A man and women sat on a motorbike.
Sightsavers from the field

Mapping via motorbike

The husband and wife team helping us locate people with disabilities in Bangladesh.

May 2020
Landscape with rubbish and cows.
Sightsavers from the field

COVID-19: updates from around the world

Find out how our staff and partners in Bangladesh, Nigeria, India and Senegal are adapting amid the COVID-19 crisis.

May 2020
People sit outside in small groups and listen to a trainer.
Sightsavers from the field

Supporting people with disabilities in India during COVID-19

Sightsavers staff around India are making sure that during the pandemic, nobody should be excluded because of disability or gender.

May 2020
A man and a woman stand outside before beginning surveys for the Onchocerciaisis Elimination Mapping project.
Sightsavers from the field

Mapping river blindness in Mozambique

Meet Clécio and Silvia, the dynamic duo who are helping to map river blindness in Mozambique.

May 2020
A girl with deafblindness plays with her siblings.
Sightsavers from the field

“As a parent, to see your child happy, is as much as you can ask for.”

Sightsavers and Sense International supported 14-year-old Hellen and her family from Masindi, Uganda, by helping them communicate with each other and support themselves financially.

April 2020
A tuk tuk passes a group of women.
Sightsavers from the field

Meet the miking team, spreading the word about free eye health care

In Bangladesh, we know the best way to make sure no one is left behind is to take health information directly to their doorstep. Enter the miking team!

April 2020
two volunteers ride motorbikes on a dirt road.
Sightsavers from the field

March updates: highlights from around the world

Illustrations are helping researchers understand NTDs in Nigeria, plus news from Mozambique, Pakistan, India and the UK.

March 2020
Clécio smiles as he stands in front of some homes.
Sightsavers from the field

February updates: highlights from around the world

A river blindness mapping survey is producing positive results in Mozambique, plus news from Guinea-Bissau, Pakistan and Burkina Faso.

February 2020
A dam in the Cascades region, Burkina Faso.
Sightsavers from the field

Treating river blindness in Burkina Faso

Sightsavers is working towards the elimination of trachoma and river blindness in Burkina Faso, thanks to our partnership with L’Occitane Foundation.

February 2020