Eye care facilities are often scarce, inaccessible and mainly based in urban areas, and many people are not aware of the importance of looking after their vision. As a result, eye conditions such as cataracts are common, but can be easily treated if people have access to eye care.
Sightsavers aims to strengthen the country’s health system to ensure everyone can be treated for eye issues. We train health workers and raise awareness of eye health within communities, focusing particularly on marginalised groups including, women, children and people with disabilities.
We’ve trained more than 85,000 Lady Health Workers to provide health care in the community: they visit families regularly to ensure that all children, even those who don’t attend school, have their eyes examined for conditions including refractive error and cataracts. As a result of the training, every year millions of women and children are getting access to primary eye care at their doorstep, and a referral chain has been set up to ensure they receive the treatment they need.
We also train teachers to screen children in schools.