What we want
We want avoidable blindness to be eliminated. We want equality for people with disabilities.
What we do
We help blind people to see again, and prevent people from going blind wherever we can. We improve the lives of people with disabilities, particularly those who have permanent sight loss. We need to change the lives of people at risk of sight loss for the long term, not just today. So we campaign to make the world a fairer place for people with disabilities and we tackle the underlying causes of avoidable blindness.
For more in depth information about our work and current projects, visit our policy and research pages
Every year, we support our partners to carry out millions of eye examinations and refer people for treatment to prevent blindness and restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, we enable the distribution of medication to prevent blinding diseases. We fund operations for people who need them, and train eye care workers and surgeons.
We work with partners to train specialist teaching staff; supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools; and educate communities to reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Because of Sightsavers, people who are visually impaired or have other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.
We work with national governments, strengthening systems that tackle the problems at the root of avoidable blindness – the sorts of things most of us take for granted, like access to clean water, sanitation facilities and education. We make changes for the long term, and help change systems from the inside to ensure support continues to be given to the people who need it.
Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries around the world. We partner with local, regional and national organisations, ministries, governments and NGOs to distribute disease treatments, carry out surgeries and eye examinations, advocate for people with disabilities and strengthen health systems.
A Sightsavers project in Nigeria has been awarded a grant of $50,000 from the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s END7 campaign to help tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This generous grant will have a significant impact on the future of communities in Kebbi State in Nigeria and enable Sightsavers to get one step closer to eliminating five NTDs in the state.
Follow how we work to eliminate avoidable blindness, and build a better life for people with sight loss