In the past two years, Sightsavers continously find ways to improve eye health across the globe. The recent visit to Bhopal, India and Africa, opened more opportunities for people with disabilities. Eye disease is found to be prevalent in mostly over-populated countries like India and Africa.
Sightsavers want to make sure eye health programmes and other healthcare services would reach rural areas where there are more people with disabilitues who needs help. The inclusive eye health programme of Sightsavers is designed to provide equal care for people in marginalized groups, such as transgenders and those with HIV/AIDS.
Sightsavers works with other organizations and partners—to train people and raise awareness on eye health. The main goal is to educate the masses on how to prevent more cases of eye disease. People with disabilities are encouraged to participate in basic training that focuses on survival.
In collaboration with the United Nations (UN), World Health organization (WHO), Sightsavers introduced surgery, antibiotics, facial cleanliness and environmental improvement SAFE strategy. It is a simple, yet very effective way for people to prevent contacting the infamous disease called, trachoma. Trachoma is a bacterial infection that can be deadly if not treated at the onset.
The programmes lead by Sightsavers would not be possible without the team effort of different organization leaders. Poverty in impoverish communities will not stop Sightsavers to continue helping people all over the world from going blind. It is estimated at 182 million people are at risk of getting an eye disease if not prevented. Sightsavers commitment to irradicate the eye health problem—is a promise!