For over 60 years Sightsavers has been working in the developing world to save sight and promote equal opportunities for people who are blind or have low vision. We work with our partners to prevent avoidable blindness and restore sight to those who are needlessly blind. Where sight loss is irreversible we provide education, training and support, providing people with the skills to live a more independent life.
Your lasting legacy to Sightsavers
Your gifts help prevent blindness and restore sight. We don't want to overwhelm you with statistics, but 80% of blindness could be prevented or cured. That's 31 million people, most of whom live in the poorest countries of the world.
Each year, we work with partners in developing countries to carry out millions of eye examinations and refer people for treatment.
Your generosity is vital in funding operations for people who need them and training for eye care workers and surgeons.
We're at a point in our history when we have a real chance to see blinding diseases like trahoma and river blindness, eliminated in many countries by 2020.
The support we receive through Will Aid and charitable Wills is an essential part of achieving this - it really does make a life-changing difference.
The majority of people in Nasir County in South Sudan are nomadic. During the wet season, they move to higher grounds, away from the swamps. But during the dry season, they move back and live in the marshlands of the Sobat basin where they can find water and pasture for their livestock.
Many people in this area suffer from trachoma, cataract and other eye infections. There is no permanent eye clinic in Nasir. The nearsest is 3-4 days away by boat.
As a result, Sightsavers decided to support the Upper Nile Ministry of Health with running an eye camp in Nasir. Sightsaver's cataract surgeon, Wal Gach Wal (who was trained by Sightsavers) along with his medical support team from Malaki Teaching Hospital arrived in Nasir on 25th August. An opthalmic clinical officer (also a catarct surgeon) was flown from Juba on 29th August to provide additional support.
It was rainy season and travel was very difficult due to flooding combined with the black cotton soil. Nevertheless the local community was euphoric that the team was in Nasir. Some of the people who queued were blind and led by family members; many had travelled for days for the opportunity of treatment.
By the end of 14 days, the exhausted team had successfully performed 191 trachoma and 95 cataract surgeries.