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A woman in Karachi, Pakistan having a consultation on diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy: a growing challenge in Pakistan

Pakistan is on the brink of a diabetes epidemic, and Sightsavers has spent the past decade working to combat diabetes-related blindness in the country. Here's what we've learned.

Sightsavers, June 2021
Mai Mai smiles with a patient as the sun shines behind them.

“An inspiring father is one who puts his family first”

To mark Father’s Day, we spoke to two fathers involved in Sightsavers projects to learn about their work and their favourite parts of being a parent.

Two surgeons dressed in scrubs prepare to carry out a cataract operation on a patient.

Life-changing cataract operations continue in Cameroon despite pandemic

More than 6,300 people have had cataract operations in the past three years at Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute, with safety protocols enabling work to continue during the pandemic.

June 2021
A patient is interviewed by a member of Sightsavers staff as part of a project.

The fight against "the silent thief of sight"

As part of the Keep Sight project in Nigeria, eye surgeons are learning new ways to treat patients with glaucoma.

Amina covers one eye with her hand and smiles after cataract surgery.

“Many people who would have gone blind have had their sight restored”

Project coordinator Magdalena Focus talks about the challenges and successes of the community inclusive eye health project in Tanzania in 2020.

Magdalena Focus, February 2021
A group of children stand near an eye chart,.

A bright future: saving sight in Tanzania

Across Tanzania, six newly qualified ophthalmic assistants are putting their skills to work supporting remote eye screening camps and testing sight in local hospitals.

Text logo reading Vision Excellence Awards - Vision 2020 The Right to Sight

Three Sightsavers nominees win Vision Excellence awards

Three Sightsavers nominees from Tanzania have received recognition in the 2020 IAPB Vision Excellence awards.

January 2021
Two women standing outside.

Reaching Bangladesh’s transgender community

The transgender community often experiences discrimination and can find it hard to access healthcare. Meet some of the people who benefited from a Sightsavers eye health screening aimed at marginalised groups.

A young man sitting in the driver seat of a van.

Arif’s life changed after an operation as a child: a 15-year story

As a young child, Arif had a low-cost cataract operation through Sightsavers. It changed his life, enabling him to study and thrive at school, and later to leave home and find a job.

Three men stand outside a hospital entrance.

Catching up with the health workers Sightsavers trained more than 10 years ago

We met healthcare professionals at an eye hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh who were trained more than a decade ago as part of the Seeing is Believing project.

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