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Senegal

Sightsavers’ work in Senegal focuses on eye screening and surgery. In 2016 we supported 5,600 sight-saving operations for conditions such as cataracts, and screened 16,000 people for refractive error.

Aminata Gueye is wearing a dark top, sitting at a desk, talking.

How we’re making a difference

Seven-year-old Aminata from Senegal was born blind and would spend her days sitting at home alone while her parents went begging to support the family. But thanks to the help of Sightsavers, the Senegalese government launched an inclusive education project to enable children with visual impairments and other disabilities, such as Aminata, to go to school.

Now her day has structure and purpose: she is able to learn alongside her friends, making her feel included and valued, and helping her to thrive and develop into a happy, confident child. Read Aminata’s story.

The Global Goals in Senegal

Sightsavers’ work is aligned with the Global Goals (also referred to as the sustainable development goals) and directly contributes to achieving them in Senegal. In this video our Senegal country director Salimata Bocoum speaks about our successful inclusive education project.

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Mouhamed’s story

Mouhamed, who is visually impaired, used to sit at home all day. But thanks to an inclusive education programme, he is now able to go to school.

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Sightsavers honoured by West African health ministries

Sightsavers has received an award from the West African Health Organisation for its work to improve health centres and train eye health workers.

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EU officials praise Sightsavers’ inclusive education school in Senegal

Representatives from the EU, the UK and Netherlands embassies in Senegal visited a school to learn how Sightsavers is working towards inclusive education.

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