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Legendary photographer Rankin helps save sight! Rankin has produced a series of images to highlight the barriers women face in accessing eye care.
The series of striking portrait photographs were created to highlight the reasons why almost 70% of the 45 million people worldwide affected by blindness are women, and for less than the average cost of a tube of mascara, Sightsavers is able to provide a simple surgery to restore a woman's sight.
Six world-renowned make-up artists, were commissioned by Sightsavers to expose, through the medium of make-up, the barriers that mean many women across the world don't have access to eye tests, glasses, medication or surgery, something typically taken for granted by women in developed countries.
Women living in developing countries may not seek examination and care because of cultural, geographical and gender role-related factors. For example, women may be unable to travel to a medical facility without a male relative, or they may be unaware of services provided due to high levels of illiteracy. Cost is also an issue, with women often not being in control of the family finances and therefore unable to elect to pay for treatment.
There are now over 20 million women worldwide who are needlessly blind as a result of them being last in line for such medical care in the developing world. Sightsavers is working in over 30 developing countries to prevent and cure blindness and to support those who are irreversibly blind.
Knowing that €6, the cost of a tube of mascara, could provide a simple surgery to restore a woman's sight inspired Michelle Campbell to create her shocking design, which incorporates the eye-seeking flies which spread trachoma - a blinding disease linked to extreme poverty and poor sanitation. Trahoma is significantly more common in women than men. Traditional gender roles still carried out by women such as being the main childcare providers mean they are far more prone to infection from young children, who are the main source of infection in the community.
Rankin, who has worked on a previous campaign with Sightsavers, commented: "I can't imagine what it must be like to be blind and I can't even begin to comprehend the distress it causes. What is most upsetting is that so much is treatable, and people suffer unnecessarily. With so many women affected by blindness, the work of Sightsavers is of vital importance. They are reaching people who often have no access to help, and taking the inequality out of treatment."
To view the full series of Rankin photographs visit www.sightsavers.org/rankin