Sightsavers works to combat blindness in developing countries, restoring sight through specialist treatment and eye care. We also support people who are irreversibly blind by providing education, counseling and training. We help the people who need it most - those living in poverty in some of the world's poorest countries.
Sightsavers works to cure people who have reversible eye conditions and prevent people from becoming needlessly blind. Trachoma features as a' fast track initiative' within our programming. We have developed a plan that aims, over the next 10 years, to expand our trachoma work to 21 countries that are endemic.
In 2009 we:
- Supported the distribution of Zithromax®, (donated by Pfizer) to 990,000 people.
- Supported over 13,000 trichiasis surgeries in Africa (out of a total of about 150,000 surgeries performed globally)
Sightsavers supports the principle of inclusive education, where children who have a disability such as being blind or visually impaired are included in the mainstream education system. It's our sincere belief that the best way to provide long term eye care in the developing world is to help build sustainable infrastructures in the communities in which we work. We do this by pursuing the practices of partnership.