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What we do

We work to eliminate avoidable blindness and help bring about equality for people with disabilities. In other words, we:

  • Help blind people to see
  • Prevent others from going blind unnecessarily
  • Support people to live independently if their sight loss can’t be undone

The reasons behind avoidable blindness run deeper than the eye diseases that cause them. They result from – and lead to – poverty, and are often accompanied by social exclusion and early death. So, instead of slapping a sticking-plaster on the problem, we work to ensure that people who are visually impaired or blind have access to preventive, curative and rehabilitative services without financial hardship.

Our approach

Ngo For Education

Support equality

We support local organisations, governments and schools to train specialist teaching staff. Every year we supply low vision aids like glasses, braille kits and learning tools to people who need them, and educate communities to eliminate the stigma around visual impairment and blindness. We also support people who are visually impaired or blind to get an education, earn an income and live independently.

Blind Education

Campaign for change

We work to influence governments, local organisations and businesses to strengthen the systems needed to solve problems that cause avoidable blindness, including those which most of us take for granted – like access to clean water and sanitation. We campaign to extend the outreach of preventive, curative and rehabilitative services to areas where they don’t exist, and help ensure that timely support is provided to people who need it.

Education For Blind Children

Prevent blindness and restoring sight

We promote eye health by supporting our partners to conduct millions of eye examinations every year. We refer people for eye treatment and eye operations; distribute medicines to prevent blindness; fund eye operations for people who need them, and train eye care workers and surgeons to enable them to help people who are blind or visually impaired.

 

Where we work

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News

DPO Members supported by Sightsavers India take part in ‘European Disability and Development Week’ in Brussels

26 December 2018

velopment week in Brussels. The event was organised by European Disability Forum (EDF).

DPO Members supported by Sightsavers India take part in ‘European Disability and Development Week’ in Brussels

26 December 2018

3rd December to 7th December, 2018: Delegates from Sightsavers India and representatives of Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) supported by the aforementioned international NGO were invited for the European Disability and De Continue reading

Sightsavers Honorary Brand Ambassador Kabir Bedi encourages truck drivers to get their eyes tested

12 December 2018

Mumbai, 12th December 18: Kabir Bedi, the Brand Ambassador of Sightsavers India visited the eye screening camp under RAAHI – National Truckers’ Eye Health Programme in Bhiwandi on the successful completion of Continue reading

Sightsavers celebrates World Sight Day in India

23 October 2018

World Sight day is celebrated globally to draw attention to blindness and visual impairment across the world. It is observed on the second Thursday of October every year. The theme of World Sight Day for 2018 was ‘Eye Care Every Continue reading

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