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Eye health

Dr Gladys walks with a female health worker, all wearing medical scrubs.

“Everyone deserves quality eye care services”

In Uganda, an inclusive eye health programme has helped to protect people’s vision and build a sustainable eye health system that can be accessed by everyone.

February 2024
Zahra has her eyes examined.

Bringing eye health into the classroom

Ophthalmic nurse Jeremiah Gwafa was first inspired to work in eye health as a child, after seeing the impact of blindness on his own family.

Hortance stands alongside a man at a Sightsavers event stand.

Six takeaways from the International Conference for Public Health in Africa

Sightsavers’ Hortance Manjo shares insights from the event in Zambia, which highlighted eye health for the first time.

Hortance Manjo, January 2024
Lanoi stands outside and smiles with her hands on top of her head. She looks off to the right.

Our sights are set on eliminating trachoma in Kenya

Ophthalmic nurse Jeremiah Gwafa was first inspired to work in eye health as a child, after seeing the impact of blindness on his own family.

A mother and her young daughter hug and smile.

Going beyond health: the role eye care plays in the SDGs

Eye health has an impact on numerous Sustainable Development Goals, and has a ripple effect that improves gender equity, education, economic and health outcomes.

Fiona Lawless, December 2023
Ophthalmologist Alinafe uses a torch to check a man's eyes.

Why eye health is crucial for universal health coverage

Everyone will require eye care services at some point in life, but universal health coverage cannot be achieved unless all people have affordable access to the eye care they need.

Fiona Lawless, December 2023
A young girl wearing a colourful eye patch smiles and holds her thumb up to the camera.

Sightsavers partners with children's eyewear brand Speckles

Speckles will be supporting Sightsavers’ eye health projects through annual donations, starting with the School Health Integrated Programming project in Liberia.

October 2023
A mother holds and looks at her young son as they stand in front of a brick wall.

Treating cataracts in Zambia: “I know their future is going to be bright”

Cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness. On World Sight Day, learn what Sightsavers is doing to protect the sight of children with cataracts in Zambia.

September 2023
Vision technician Ruth Zeo points to an eye chart during an eye screening

How do you rebuild a health system after decades of instability?

Liberia's National Eye Health Policy will ensure eye health is a priority and help strengthen the wider health system by developing a sustainable, inclusive eye care service.

Nazaradden Ibrahim, September 2023
Dr Jalikatu uses a magnifier to look at a girl's eyes.

Sightsavers-trained doctor appointed deputy minister of health in Sierra Leone

Dr Jalikatu Mustapha trained with Sightsavers between 2012 and 2016, becoming the only female ophthalmologist in the country.

August 2023
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