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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

Babacar performs surgery wearing protective equipment on a trachoma patient.
Sightsavers from the field

Saving sight in Senegal during the COVID-19 pandemic

Without eye surgeon Babacar's efforts, people could have been at risk of going blind from the advanced form of trachoma during the lockdown.

July 2020
Dr Amadou wearing scrubs and a face mask.
Sightsavers from the field

Celebrating our trachoma health workers

Health workers around the world have been thrown into the spotlight as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic. With this has come a renewed appreciation of their skills and hard work.

June 2020
Zakari works with the surgeon to record patient data on the TT Tracker
Sightsavers from the field

Trachoma trackers in action: how mobile phones are saving sight

Meet Benin's mobile health team who are using mobile phones to track and eliminate trachoma.

June 2020
A man talking into a microphone.
Sightsavers from the field

Tackling disability discrimination with BBC Media Action

In Bangladesh, we caught up with BBC Media Action to find out how they’re training journalists to improve how people with disabilities are portrayed in the media, and tackle negative stereotyping and perceptions.

June 2020
A man and women sat on a motorbike.
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Mapping via motorbike

This husband and wife team are helping us locate and support people with disabilities in Bangladesh.

May 2020
Landscape with rubbish and cows.
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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.
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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