All about Sightsavers

Sightsavers is an international non-governmental charity organization that helps treat preventable blindness around the world and fights for disability rights. The organization works in collaboration with other partners across the globe and more so in developing countries with the need to assist in treating and preventing avoidable blindness and promoting equality and availability of health care to people who suffer from visual impairments as well as other disabilities. The organization was founded in 1950 by Sir John Wilson and is based in the United Kingdom having branches in other countries too such as Sweden, Norway, India, Italy, Republic of Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA.

 

Previously, the organization was known as British Empire Society for the Blind or the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind. Over time Sightsavers has helped many people against visual impairments such as river blindness (onchocerciasis), cataract operations and has also helped in giving people antibiotics to protect against potential blinding trachoma. HRH Princess Alexandra is the patron of Sightsavers.

 

Sightsavers Deworming Program– GiveWell named Sightsavers as one of the best seven leading charities for its excellent work of helping in the treatment of children for parasitic infections commonly referred to as Sightsavers Deworming Program. GiveWell, a non-profit organization, is involved in conducting an in-depth analysis geared towards finding and recommending the best charities to the relevant donors around the world. This followed GiveWell having to recommend Sightsavers to extend their deworming programs so that they would distribute treatment in various diseases such as schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths (STH) forming part of the integrated NTD programs in Sub-Saharan African countries as well as Nigeria and Guinea Bissau. The company leadership showed appreciation in receiving the recommendation from the GiveWell and promised to work with them so that they would extend their reach to many people in Africa who were in need of their treatment help. The cooperation of the two organizations would result in a more significant impact to both scaling up the available programs as well as reaching out to discoveries.

 

A Million Miracles Video– A video titled a million miracles from one of the videos on Sightsavers Facebook profile provides evidence of many people who received their sight and benefited from the program. In just a few years the organization was able to raise a lot of money to treat many people around the world from blindness. The video includes testimonials from different people across the globe who benefited from the project.

 

 

https://reliefweb.int/organization/sightsavers