I’m really thrilled to bring you this issue of Focus – your first for 2024 – because it gives me the chance to thank you for the huge difference you make to so many people’s lives.
As I’m sure you remember, last year was the 20th anniversary of Sightsavers Ireland, and it was a great chance to reflect on some of the amazing things that supporters like you have helped to achieve.
With your help, we’ve carried out more than 8.7 million cataract operations to restore people’s sight, supported more than 1.7 billion treatments for neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma, carried out more than 216 million eye examinations, dispensed more than 6.1 million pairs of glasses, and helped more than 190,000 children with visual impairments and other disabilities to go to school.
We’ve also trained more than 8,800 health workers to gain professional qualifications, provided more than 1.13 million eye health training sessions for eye health and education professionals, and more than 3.3 million training sessions for local volunteers. The figures are phenomenal, and are behind every one of them is a person whose life you’ve transformed.
My warmest wishes,
CEO, Sightsavers Ireland
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