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It is estimated there are still more than 8 million blind people in India. In 2016 Sightsavers examined more than 2.2 million people in India for eye conditions and supported more than 155,000 cataract operations.

Our work in India

Sightsavers has worked in India since 1966. In the past 50 years we have treated millions of people with eye problems in the country, and have educated, counselled, trained and rehabilitated people who are blind or visually impaired, many of whom live in the poorest areas.

Despite the nation’s recent advances, a significant proportion of the population has little access to essential health services. This is why our work in the country remains so important.

Sightsavers’ work is aligned with the UN’s Global Goals and directly contributes to achieving them in India. In this video, RN Mohanty, Chief Executive of Sightsavers India, speaks about our eye health screening programme in the country.

View the full video of RN Mohanty explaining how Sightsavers is helping to achieve the SDGs in India.

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