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Mozambique

Sightsavers started work in Mozambique in 2007. We aim to improve eye health by training staff, carrying out eye checks and providing treatment where needed.

Laurinda standing outside in the sun with her family, all are smiling.

Untreated eye problems such as cataracts and trachoma continue to affect many people in Mozambique.

It’s thought that 33,000 people in the country have cataracts, leaving them blind or severely visually impaired, yet until recently there were very few ophthalmologists who could provide the sight-saving treatment they needed.

Sightsavers is working to reduce sight loss and improve eye care services in Mozambique by providing transport, equipment and medicine, training ophthalmic technicians and conducting cataract operations.

We’re also working to eliminate trachoma, an infectious disease that can lead to blindness. To stop the spread of the disease, we follow the SAFE strategy, a public health approach endorsed by the World Health Organization which focuses on surgery, antibiotics, face washing and environmental improvements.

At a glance

Total population
  • 29.6 million

  • What we focus on
  • Trachoma
  • Cataracts

  • Key programmes
  • Cataract surgery
  • A billion NTD treatments
  • CATCH: coordinated health

  • Now I can see, my whole life has improved, and my family and I will be happy. Now the world awaits me.
    Laurinda, cataract patient
    Laurinda holds up her baby in front of her, with a look of amazement as she is seeing her for the first time.

    How we’re making a difference in Mozambique

    Sightsavers Board of Trustees chairman Martin Dinham watches a cataract operation in Mozambique.

    Saving sight

    Sightsavers’ Martin Dinham travelled to Mozambique to witness first-hand the work that Sightsavers is doing to fight avoidable blindness.
    Read Martin’s report

    Dr Anselmo with eye technician Domingos Geraldo and Signtsavers' Christina Abudo outside Ribaue Hospital.

    Reaching everyone

    Meet Sightsavers’ cataract surgery outreach team, who travel to remote areas to make sure people can be treated for eye problems.
    Read their story

    Augusto sits in a wheelchair in hospital as medical staff check his eyes.

    Inclusive treatment

    Augusto, who had cataracts and trachoma, struggled to get help because of his disability. But our inclusive approach changed that.
    Read Augusto’s story

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