Our work in Bangladesh

At a glance

Bangladesh is one of the world's most densely populated countries. The majority of the country's eye care facilities are based in the big cities, but around 80% of the country's population live in rural areas, many of them living below the poverty line.

Sightsavers in Bangladesh

Sightsavers has been working in Bangladesh since 1973. We work with local partners to bring eye care within reach of the poorest communities. Together we have helped to develop services for people who are irreversibly blind, as well as ensuring children who are visually impaired get a good education.

Sorufa's story

Meet 80-year-old Sorufa who lives in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sorufa has had her world transformed and is enjoying her independence again following cataract surgery. 

Babul's story

Eight-year-old Babul Miah is enjoying learning thanks to an inclusive education policy at his school in Bangladesh. 

Saving sight in Bangladesh

Jainab Bibi and her husband Abal Hossain are not camera shy – and they proudly show off their matching specs! Jainab, 60, explains how they both had their eye sight restored through cataract surgery on the same day

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