Sightsavers is a non-governmental organization that operates internationally to treat and offer prevention of blindness. They operate in mostly developing countries and work with individuals who have visual impairments. Sightsavers also aid individuals with other impairments as well. The organization is based in Hayward Heath which is in the United Kingdom. It also has branches in Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, Norway, Italy, India, Sweden, and the United States. The organization was founded back in 1950 by Sir John Wilson, and originally bore the name British Empire Society for the Blind.
Sightsavers celebrated its one billionth treatment for NTD’s in December of 2017. Earlier this year it was announced that the organization would head a consortium of aid organizations in administering £13 million of UK aid to Kenya, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Uganda. The consortium is called UK Aid Connect and will be dedicated to supporting disabled individuals. This support will be in the form of job finding and will be at the center of a six-year programme.
Sightsavers will lead the consortium and provide 100,000 disabled individuals access healthcare, 10,000 disabled children attend school, and around 45,000 disabled individuals increase their income. It is a massive endeavor and one that Sightsavers is more than equipped to lead. In the span of its 65 years of service, Sightsavers has distributed treatment to more than 295 million people. Fighting against causations of blindness and saving people’s sight. It has carried out 6.1 million cataract operations to restore sight.
The consortium made up UK Aid includes Sightsavers, ADD International, the International Disability Alliance, and the Institute of Development Studies. The programme will also partner with Standard Chartered Bank, BBC Media Action, Youth Career Initiative, Development Initiatives, Humanity and Inclusion UK, and Benetech. Together they will assist individuals with numerous disabilities to increase the quality of life. The Aid will also benefit the economy around them, helping the developing countries it takes place in as well.