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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 2019 we carried out more than 11 million eye examinations across the countries where we work, and distributed more than 142 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

School children in Cameroon line up to wash their hands from a large bucket.
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March 2021 updates: highlights from around the world

A campaign to protect school children from worm infections has been launched in Cameroon. Plus news from Burkina Faso, India and more.

March 2021
A patient is interviewed by a member of Sightsavers staff as part of a project.
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The fight against "the silent thief of sight"

As part of the Keep Sight project in Nigeria, eye surgeons are learning new ways to treat patients with glaucoma.

March 2021
Jeniffer Atieno Opito tends to her crops.
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February 2021 updates: highlights from around the world

An inclusive work programme in Kenya has helped farmers with disabilities launch a lucrative business. Plus news from Pakistan, Mozambique, Malawi and more.

February 2021
A group of children stand near an eye chart,.
Sightsavers from the field

A bright future: saving sight in Tanzania

Across Tanzania, six newly qualified ophthalmic assistants are putting their skills to work supporting remote eye screening camps and testing sight in local hospitals.

February 2021
African Renaissance Monument is lit up in honour of World NTD Day.
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World NTD Day 2021: highlights from around the world

On 30 January 2021, Sightsavers joined global celebrations to mark the fight against neglected tropical diseases.

February 2021
A group of surgeons wearing PPE perform eye surgery.
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January 2021 updates: highlights from around the world

In Côte d’Ivoire, eye health staff have been working to ensure eye surgery is COVID-safe. Plus news from Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Ghana and more

January 2021
A woman shows two men how correctly cover their mouths when the cough.
Sightsavers from the field

Communities in Nigeria drive the fight against COVID-19

The most effective way to tackle health issues is to put affected communities in the driving seat – COVID-19 is no different.

January 2021
Children sit closely together outside.
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Voices from Sierra Leone: The experiences of girls with disabilities at school

In Sierra Leone, children with disabilities are often considered not worth educating. We've worked with schools to make sure these children are not left behind.

December 2020
Two girls with visual impairments in a school.
Sightsavers from the field

How Sightsavers has helped to adapt braille into Mali’s local language

As part of Sightsavers' inclusive education project, which supports children with visual impairments across Mali, we’ve worked with linguistic expert Dr Issiaka Ballo to translate braille into the local language for the first time.

December 2020