Our work in Africa

Woman smiling in Africa.

In Ghana

We’re hard at work in Ghana, where we recently completed a five-year project to strengthen 35 district hospitals.

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In Kenya

We partner with the Kenyan government to address the root causes of blindness and provide clean water to prevent eye infection.

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In Zambia

We’ve partnered with University Teaching Hospital to train eye care workers and provide ophthalmic outreach to south and central Zambia.

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Our work in South Asia

Man in South Asia smiling for our photographer.

In Nepal

We returned to Nepal in 2016 to support two partner hospitals. We’re helping them reach and treat as many people as possible.

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In India

With our partner hospitals, we’re eliminating blindness at the community level and tackling blinding cancers like retinoblastoma.

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Avoidable Blindness Free Villages
Avoidable-blindness free villages are communities where nobody is blind from a cause that can be avoided or prevented. Declaring a village avoidable-blindness free means that its residents have been visited by community health workers and had all curable eye health problems resolved through proper care, and also that the village will have ongoing access to eye health care. This means that nobody there will ever be needlessly blind again!

    • 2014
      We began declaring avoidable-blindness free villages in 2014, reaching 1 village.
    • 2015
      We declared 66 avoidable-blindness free villages, reaching a total of 67 villages.
    • 2016
      We declared 130 avoidable-blindness free villages, reaching a total of 197 villages.
    • 2017
      We declared 361 avoidable-blindness free villages, reaching a total of 558 villages.
    • 2018
      We declared 452 avoidable-blindness free villages, reaching a total of 1010 villages.
    • 2019
      As of this point in 2019, there are 1,020 avoidable-blindness free villages

Did you know that 80% of blindness is avoidable?

Yet, millions of people suffer from avoidable blindness. The ones who suffer most, often live in conditions of extreme poverty without access to the care they need, or the ability to pay. But there is hope. Starting with women like Shabnam.

Spring SightLines released
Why are women more likely to be blind than men? Find out why, and what we do about it, in this issue of SightLines!
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Success Stories
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