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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


Kelly and a student reading together.

Paralympic skier urges world leaders to leave no child behind

23 November 2015

British Paralympic skier, Kelly Gallagher MBE is joining Sightsavers in calling on world leaders to ensure all children, including those with disabilities, have access to a quality education wherever they are growing up. Continue reading

Two people in a shopping centre wearing paper glasses

The results are in!

20 November 2015

We’ve been asking people in Ireland and some celebrity friends to think about the #ValueOfSight as part of our Million Miracles campaign. Continue reading

A man in a wheelchair smiling and talking to a group of children

Sightsavers on Channel 4’s Unreported World with Ade Adepitan

22 October 2015

TV presenter and wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan sees the life-changing impact of Sightsavers-supported cataract operations in Malawi, in an episode of Channel 4's Unreported World. Continue reading

A young African girl smiling.

Scientists win Nobel prize for river blindness discovery

06 October 2015

Scientists William C Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura – who together discovered a drug avermectin, the derivatives of which are used to treat and prevent river blindness – have been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine. Continue reading


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