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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.

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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
  • 50.9 million

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

  • Key programmes
  • Cataract surgery
  • Inclusive education
  • Accelerate
  • 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

    Five twelve-year-olds taking part in Super School of 5 at Chikonkomene Primary in Chikankata, Zambia.

    Raising awareness

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

    A man smiling.

    Disability rights

    Collins Ombajo is a disability activist in Kenya. Here he shares his story and why he became involved in the Inclusive Futures initiative.
    Read Collins’ story

    A boy in Zanzibar wears special specs to have his eyes tested.

    Protecting sight

    We train eye health workers and help to improve local healthcare in Kenya to make sure no one goes blind from avoidable causes.
    About our work

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    Advancing disability data in Kenya through partnership

    Sightsavers worked with the Kenyan government and partners to create the country’s first inclusive data action plan, which will help collect high-quality data about people with disabilities and the barriers they face.

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    First cross-border treatments for trachoma are distributed in Kenya and Uganda

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    November 2021
    Students of the Bridge Academy in Kenya stand outside.
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    Building a career in IT with the Bridge Academy

    In Kenya, a Sightsavers initative is helping young people with disabilities launch their careers. Here, some of the students share their stories.

    June 2021
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    The businesses embracing disability inclusion

    Meet the teams that Sightsavers partners with around the world to help them foster more disability inclusive workplaces.

    November 2020
    Two trachoma patients wearing traditional clothing standing next to a vehicle in a landscape in Kenya.
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    Leaving no one behind in development programming

    Moses Chege, Sightsavers Kenya country director, explains how Sightsavers and partners were able to reach the worst-effected people suffering from trachoma.

    Moses Chege, October 2020

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