Our work in 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.

Deolinda stands smiling surrounded by a group of older women who are sitting down.

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 carrying out cataract operations. In Nampula province, we’re expanding community eye care services so they reach people with and without disabilities.

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 that 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

  • The approach that Sightsavers is taking at Nampula Hospital to treat people with disabilities is one of the best.
    Bainabo Sahal, clinical health director
    Bainabo Sahal smiles at the camera.

    How we’re making a difference in Mozambique

    A man and a woman stand outside before beginning surveys for the Onchocerciaisis Elimination Mapping project.

    Tracking river blindness

    Clécio Sitoe and Silvia Danga are helping to track the prevalence of river blindness in Mozambique. They met during their training and have become good friends. Meet Clécio and Silvia

    Eufémia Amela smiles and holds a sign saying #EqualUN.

    Fighting for equality

    Eufémia is Mozambique’s nominee for the UN disability committee. She has a physical disability after having polio: learn why she’s now pushing for equality. Read Eufémia’s blog

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    Restoring sight

    Aziza, from Nampula, had been struggling with her eyesight for some time. But thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, she had surgery and her life changed. Read Aziza’s story

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