It’s thought that more than 160,000 people in Malawi have visual impairments, with half caused by cataracts.
Sightsavers started working in Malawi in the 1950s. Much of our work in the country involves helping to improve eye care services, particularly in rural areas, so people with visual impairments can be diagnosed and treated.
In Malawi, 8.2 million people live in areas at risk of trachoma, and more than 12,500 people have the advanced stage of the disease that can lead to blindness. Sightsavers is working to eliminate trachoma and provides vital outreach to isolated communities, enabling health workers to reach as many people as possible.
In 2017 we helped to distribute more than 1.2 million antibiotic treatments for trachoma and in 2018, we performed 596 operations for people with the advance stages of the disease. Surveys show the country is on track to eliminate the disease by 2019.