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Our work in Kenya

Kenya’s leading cause of sight loss is cataracts, while diseases such as trachoma also play a part. Our work in the country focuses on improving eye care and preventing eye disease.

A girl carries water she collected in Turkana, northern Kenya.

When Sightsavers started working in Kenya in 1952, our focus was to eliminate avoidable blindness and provide rehabilitation for adults who were irreversibly blind.

Today, we’re continuing this work by improving local health services, training doctors and eye surgeons, and making sure eye care is available for everyone.

We’re also working to eliminate several neglected tropical diseases in Kenya: we distribute medication to help control the spread of blinding trachoma, and educate local communities about the importance of hygiene and cleanliness to prevent diseases spreading.

Finally, our inclusive education programmes in Kenya aim to make sure children with disabilities are able to go to school. We raise awareness in communities about disability rights, and train teachers so they have the specialist skills needed to teach children with disabilities.

At a glance

Total population
  • 48 million

  • What we focus on
  • Cataracts
  • Trachoma
  • Disability rights

  • Key programmes
  • Cataract surgery
  • Inclusive education
  • CATCH: coordinated health
  • Super School of 5
  • I worried I would go completely blind. But after my surgery, I can see! I’m full of joy and I’m so grateful to everyone.
    Sumburia, cataract patient
    Sumburia.

    How we’re making a difference in Kenya

    Boy is held by his mother, he has a face washing guide in his hand.

    Raising awareness

    Our Super School of 5 project, in northern Kenya, features superhero characters to encourage children to wash their hands and faces.
    Read about the project

    Flash sits at his desk in a wheelchair in school, surrounded by his classmates as they listen to their teacher.

    Inclusive education

    Flash Odiwuor, a 13-year-old from Kenya, caught polio and lost the use of his legs. But a Sightsavers project enabled him to return to school.
    Read Flash’s story

    Smiling girl from Uganda

    Protecting sight

    We train eye health workers and help to improve local healthcare services in Kenya to make sure no one goes blind from avoidable causes.
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    Including people with disabilities in African political life

    Findings from our research show that lack of education and financial resources, social stigma and inaccessible physical infrastructure contribute to a lack of political participation in Africa.

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    How soap and superheroes are changing lives

    Geordie Woods explains how the Super School of Five trachoma prevention programme is protecting school children from this devastating disease.

    October 2019
    Two women and five small children stand outside their home.
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    “That lady who was going blind? Look at her now!”

    In northern Kenya, Sightsavers’ Sarah Filbey visits an eye camp that treats both trachoma and cataracts, ensuring everyone gets the life-changing help they need.

    October 2019
    Sarita Choure at the judo championships.
    Sightsavers from the field

    September updates: highlights from around the world

    News from India, featuring a Sightsavers-supported judoka who won a bronze medal at a Commonwealth competition. Plus the latest from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Zambia.

    September 2019
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    Groundbreaking new programme will enable 2,000 people with disabilities to get better jobs

    The Inclusion Works programme, funded by UK aid and led by Sightsavers, will create job opportunities for more than 2,000 people with disabilities.

    July 2019
    Picture of a sign language chart painted onto a school wall in Uganda.
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    Sightsavers Kenya launches disability rights petition

    The petition is part of Sightsavers’ Equal World campaign, and calls on the government of Kenya, the United Nations and its member states to uphold the rights of people with disabilities.

    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 man has his eyes checked at a screening camp in Kasungu, Malawi
    Sightsavers blog

    Treating hard-to-reach people: what we’ve learned from CATCH

    The Coordinated Approach to Community Health programme, which finished in March 2019, has restored the sight of more than 21,000 people and generated a wealth of knowledge.

    Moses Chege, 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
    Old black and white photo showing a group of young men on a mountain slope.
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    Sightsavers marks 50th anniversary of Mount Kilimanjaro expedition

    On 20 February 1969, Sightsavers supported men with visual impairments on an expedition to raise awareness about blindness.

    February 2019
    A group of patients in Kenya smile and laugh following their cataract surgery.
    Sightsavers from the field

    October updates: highlights from around the world

    In October, celebrations took place in many of Sightsavers' programme countries to mark World Sight Day. Plus news from Kenya, Mozambique and more.

    October 2018
    Felix in a white coat sitting behind some ophthalmology equipment.
    Sightsavers from the field

    September highlights: updates from around the world

    News from Zambia, where Sightsavers helped Felix to gain his ophthalmology diploma. Plus news from Guinea, Togo and more.

    September 2018

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    Where we work