Sightsavers is working towards eliminating blinding trachoma in Zambia by 2020, and in 2016 we distributed more than 1.2 million treatments to help control the spread of the disease.

Our work in Zambia

Zambia is a landlocked country blessed with a wealth of natural resources, including the largest copper deposits in Africa. However, two-thirds of Zambia’s population of 16.2 million continue to live in poverty. Life expectancy is among the lowest in the world, at just 57 years old, and health outcomes are poor. It is estimated that 2.8 per cent of people over the age of 50 in Zambia are blind, and 11 per cent have visual impairments.

Almost 20 per cent of the population live in areas affected by blinding trachoma. Sightsavers is working towards eliminating trachoma in Zambia by 2020.

Watch a video of Country Director Glenda Mulenga explaining how Sightsavers is helping to achieve the United Nations’ SDGs in Zambia.

Our projects in Zambia

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 Zambia, using Android smartphones.

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From flash floods to lion attacks: all in a day’s work in Zambia

Sightsavers’ Julia Strong travelled to Zambia to see how the trachoma elimination project is helping local communities and restoring people’s sight.

A group of villagers sit on the grass while waiting to be screened for eye conditions at a health centre in Uganda.
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Eye health: the community approach

The CATCH programme aims to ensure that people in trachoma-endemic areas benefit from improved health through the provision of eye care services.

A group of villagers sit on the ground under a tree during a CATCH screening camp in Mozambique.
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WHO global action plan: slowly but surely…

We ensure all our projects have an advocacy component, providing an opportunity for us to explore systemic and structural challenges that impact our work.

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