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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. 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 group of trachoma surgeons in Zambia wearing scrubs and smiling.
Sightsavers from the field

July updates: highlights from around the world

News from Zambia, where surgeons are being trained to operate on trachoma patients. Plus updates from Burkina Faso, India and Senegal.

July 2019
Two surgeons at work in the operating theatre at Mymensingh hospital. They're wearing green scrubs.
Sightsavers from the field

The hospital in Bangladesh that’s restoring sight and changing lives

Robbie Peacock and Ciara Smullen travelled to the northern town of Mymensingh to visit a hospital that is saving the sight of thousands of people a year.

July 2019
A school student in Zambia stands in front of a mural depicting superhero characters from Sightsavers' Super School of 5 programme.
Sightsavers from the field

June updates: highlights from around the world

News from Zambia, where Sightsavers’ Super School of 5 programme is teaching thousands of school students about hygiene. Plus updates from Benin, Kenya, Zimbabwe and more.

July 2019
A wide shot of the rural landscape in Nasir, South Sudan. The fields are very wet and the grass is a lush green.
Sightsavers from the field

Saving sight in the world’s most remote locations

Trachoma, a painful eye disease, can be easily treated with antibiotics. But the challenge is reaching the people who need treatment, particularly if they live in remote areas such as Nadir in South Sudan.

June 2019
Two women hold up their index fingers after voting in the 2019 Indian general election.
Sightsavers from the field

May updates: highlights from around the world

News from India, where Sightsavers campaigned to help people with disabilities take part in the recent general election. Plus updates from Mali, Bangladesh and Nigeria.

May 2019
School children in Kenya sing songs outside in the sunshine.
Sightsavers from the field

Meeting Kenya’s health heroes

Sightsavers’ Julie Jenner meets the teachers and students who are fighting disease and preventing blindness by teaching children about good hygiene.

May 2019
A child in Cote d'Ivoire has their eyes checked for signs of trachoma.
Sightsavers from the field

April updates: highlights from around the world

A round-up of the latest work that your donations help to support, including news from Pakistan, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.

April 2019
A group of musicians play guitar on stage, with Sightsavers banners in the background.
Sightsavers from the field

March updates: highlights from around the world

News about Sightsavers' fundraising gala in Dubai, plus updates from Sierra Leone, Zambia and Mozambique.

March 2019
A sightsavers 4x4 crosses a rickety bridge over a river in River Sess County, Liberia.
Sightsavers from the field

Liberia five years on: saving sight in the aftermath of Ebola

Lincoln Gankpala, from the Liberian Ministry of Health, shares his experience of treating river blindness before, during and after the devastating Ebola outbreak that claimed thousands of lives.

March 2019