Country of Operation
- The Royal Commonwealth SocietyNot-for-profit
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
SummarySight Savers program works to both cure people who have reversible eye conditions and prevent people from becoming needlessly blind. Additionally, it works to aid people living in poverty around the world who suffer from cataracts, childhood blindness, glaucoma, river blindness, and trachoma.
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.
Key program components
Sightsavers are an international charity which works with partners to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people in the developing world. The program works to aid people living in poverty around the world who suffer from cataracts, childhood blindness, glaucoma, river blindness, and trachoma. While financial and logistical support of eye operations is a focus of Sightsavers, the organization also takes on educational, preventative, and rehabilitative initiatives. The program works to educate, train, and provide sustainability to people who are blind.The program which is also known as The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) concentrates on rural areas and urban slums where 80% of the population live. We've introduced a sustainable system of eye care which links up treatment, prevention, inclusive education and rehabilitation services. Realizing that trachoma is an endemic in many areas of the Rift Valley and Eastern provinces, Sightsavers and partners are tackling the disease by advocating the World Health Organization's SAFE strategy which teaches prevention as well as providing treatment for the potentially blinding disease. In Tanzania the program works in partnership with government and local organizations they have also helped in establish a health system which links up eye care, education and rehabilitation services in the most needy regions in the country. In Uganda the program works with local partners, they have introduced a sustainable system which links up eye care, education and rehabilitation services in Uganda. They also support the distribution of the drug Mectizan® to help prevent river blindness.
The program has worked in Kenya since 1952 when we undertook the country's first survey of blindness, which revealed that three-quarters of blindness was preventable or curable. In Tanzania the program was established in 1964, following the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Sightsavers began working in Uganda in 1952, but their operations were severely curtailed during the oppression and civil conflict between 1971-86. With the restoration of peace, they were able to help to re-establish eye care services.