Untreated eye conditions such as cataracts affect millions of people in Pakistan. In 2016, we examined more than 7.6 million people for eye problems and supported 33,000 sight-saving operations.

Our work in Pakistan

Pakistan is the sixth highest populated country in the world, yet almost 30 per cent of the population live in poverty.

Sightsavers is working to reduce avoidable blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy by performing regular screenings for early detection and regular follow-up appointments in three districts in Pakistan. We are also working to strengthen the country’s health system by training health workers and raising awareness of children’s eye health within communities.

Sightsavers has a project specifically focused on reducing childhood blindness in Pakistan, which is most common in children under five.  A group of 930 trained Lady Health Workers work directly with communities to provide primary health care and visit families regularly to ensure that all children, even those who don’t attend school, are seen. Some 25,000 children will be screened for eye conditions including refractive error and cataracts.

Watch a video of Country Director Munazza Gillani explaining how Sightsavers is helping to achieve the United Nations’ SDGs in Pakistan.

Our projects in Pakistan

The Global Trachoma Mapping Project is the largest infectious disease survey ever undertaken, helping to pinpoint accurately the world’s trachoma-endemic areas. Completed in January 2016, the project saw surveyors collect data from 2.6 million people in 29 countries, including Pakistan, using Android smartphones.

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More from Pakistan

A street in an urban slum in Lahore.
Sightsavers blog

Going where the need is greatest: eye care in Lahore, Pakistan

It’s vitally important to investigate and address eye health disparities in urban areas, says Sightsavers' Guillaume Trotignon.

Kausar stands on the hillside in fog.
Sightsavers Reports

Kausar’s story

Kausar had been losing her sight for several years, and worried how her family would cope. But a Sightsavers-funded cataract operation changed her life.

Zamurrad sits alone in her home in Pakistan.
Sightsavers Reports

Zamurrad’s story

Zamurrad’s life ground to a halt when she developed cataracts, but a straightforward operation gave her back her independence.

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