Much of our work in Kenya focuses on neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma, and in 2016 we distributed 435,000 NTD treatments to help prevent and treat these debilitating diseases.

Our work in Kenya

When Sightsavers started working in Kenya in 1952, our main focus was to eliminate avoidable blindness, promote integrated education and support community-based rehabilitation for adults who were irreversibly blind.

Today, Kenya’s leading cause of sight loss is cataracts, while trachoma, glaucoma, macular degeneration and severe refractive errors also play a part.

Sightsavers is working with the Ministry of Health and other eye care providers to implement the 2005-2010 National Eye Care plan. We support both Kenya Medical Training College and UON Department of Ophthalmology to train eye care workers, and work with the Ministry of Health’s Ophthalmic Services Unit and in partnership with other stakeholders to reduce preventable blindness by supporting preventive and curative eye healthcare.

We’re also working to help eliminate several neglected tropical diseases in Kenya, and distribute medication to help control the spread of blinding trachoma.

Sightsavers’ work is aligned with the UN’s Global Goals and directly contributes to achieving them in Kenya. In this video, our Kenya country director Elizabeth Owuor-Oyugi speaks about our work in preventing blindness and helping to eliminate poverty.

View the full video of Elizabeth explaining how Sightsavers is helping to achieve the SDGs in Kenya.

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