Founded in 1950 by Sir John Wilson, Sightsavers is a non-profit that is focused on avoiding blindness and empowering people with disabilities. They are based out of Chippenham, Wiltshire, the United Kingdom In 1931 as a child, John Wilson was blinded by a class experiment. Through hard work and dedication, he was able to study at Oxford University and then went to work for the National Institute for the Blind. and While on a tour of Africa and the Middle East, he saw a vast amount of people suffering from blindness and wanted to make a difference.
They have worked in over 30 countries all over the globe to provide medical and educational services to those communities most in need. Their work in the United Kingdom is mostly vision services in which they promote eye health and the eradication of avoidable diseases. They created the Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP), to research the spread of Trachoma. GTMP uses mobile phones to collect data mapping to do so.
Our colleague Kate followed a surgical outreach team as they were tracking down and treating the final cases of blinding #trachoma in northern Ghana. In the photo is Fusi, ophthalmic nurse. LINK IN BIO: http://po.st/trachoma-final-days. 📷 Ruth McDowell. #sightsavers #sight #sightloss #vision #blindness #visionloss #beatNTDs #NoMoreNTDs #ghana #africa #westafrica #discoverportrait #portraitphotography #portraitpage #peopleinframe #smiling
There are approximately 15% of people around the world with disabilities and Sightsavers’ goal is to help them live independently while having equal rights. They work with companies so that people with eye diseases are able to obtain gainful employment. They are staunch advocates for inclusion for people with disabilities through their Social Inclusion Working Group. They help to train staff on inclusion as well as monitor companies for the inclusion.
For every $1 they receive, 91% goes to their work. They have been able to provide 437 million treatments and provide 6.9 million cataract surgeries to restore sight. A full annual report is published with detailed information accounting for their donations.
In 2017, Sightsavers was able to celebrate its one billionth treatment for neglected tropical diseases.
For more information visit their website www.sightsavers.org. They are also on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter, or you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.