Untreated cataracts are a major cause of blindness in Zimbabwe. In 2016, our work here included examining 25,000 people for eye conditions, as well as supporting more than 750 sight-saving cataract operations.

Our work in Zimbabwe

Sightsavers has helped reduce avoidable blindness in Zimbabwe by supporting more 750 cataract operations and helping more than 300,000 people to access essential eye health services. We have helped to train ophthalmic nurses, ophthalmologists and health staff, and have provided surgical equipment and basic diagnostic equipment to improve the quality of eye surgery in district hospitals.

Sightsavers’ work is aligned with the UN’s Global Goals, a set of targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work directly contributes towards achieving them in Zimbabwe. To monitor progress towards the goals, governments are encouraged to undertake a voluntary national review: in the video below, Sightsavers Zimbabwe programme manager Peter Bare speaks about our involvement in the national review process.

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