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The problem

There are 39 million blind people in the world, but 80 per cent of blindness could be prevented or cured. That’s 31.2 million people who are blind when it could have been avoided.

Shocked at how unfair this is? So are we. But you can help us do something about it.

We want to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people who are irreversibly blind or disabled to live independently.

Find out what we’re doing about it

How we’re doing

How you can help


people around the world are blind


of this can be cured or prevented



“We do whatever we can”

18 May 2015

UNITED Programme Director Safiya Sanda, who's based in Sightsavers' office in Nigeria, talks about her role and how the programme operates on the ground. Continue reading


Fighting for an empowered future

05 February 2015

A group of visually impaired girls in India have been given the chance to fight back against discrimination – literally. Continue reading


How double discrimination punishes women with disabilities

05 March 2015

Today marks International Women's Day, and while it should be a day of celebration, there's not much to celebrate if you're a woman living with a disability in a developing country. Continue reading

Jon Snow moderates launch of Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases' third progress report of the London Declaration on NTDs.

Progress report: NTD treatments are a best buy in development

25 June 2015

A report released today by the Uniting to Combat NTDs coalition emphasises the huge health and economic benefits of investing in programmes treating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), calling it “one of the best buys in develop Continue reading


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