• Organization TypeImplementing NGO
  • Staff251-500
  • Development Budget100 Million - 500 Million
  • Founded1950

Sightsavers

Sightsavers works to combat blindness in developing countries, restoring sight through specialist treatment and eye care. They also support people who are irreversibly blind by providing education, counselling and training. They help the people who need it most - those living in poverty in some of the world's poorest countries. Working with their partners in 2010, they helped to: Protect over 23 million people against river blindness Perform over 270,000 sight-restoring cataract operations Treat over a million people with antibiotics for trachoma Where They Work Asia East Africa Southern Africa West Africa The Caribbean HOW THEY HELP PREVENTION AND CURE Sightsavers works to both cure people who have reversible eye conditions and prevent people from becoming needlessly blind.  One of the key ways of doing this is by training local eye care experts and volunteers. Curing blindness. Although cataract is found all over the world, getting treatment for it is much more difficult in developing countries, and it affects children as well as adults. Preventing blindness. Millions of people are still going needlessly blind in the developing world from preventable diseases such as river blindness and trachoma, and in children, Vitamin A deficiency. Training eye care workers. One of the most challenging aspects of eye care is the severe shortage of trained staff. Since the 1980s, Sightsavers has been tackling the shortage of eye care personal by working with local partners to train staff at all levels. WORKING WITH BLINDNESS Sightsavers is working to provide people who are irreversibly blind with the skills to live a more independent life. Rehabilitation. Teaching basic daily living skills is one of the key ways of enabling people who are irreversibly blind to live with some kind of independence. Social inclusion. People who are blind or have low vision can easily become isolated from their community. This is because they generally find it harder to get employment, to attend school, or to take part in day-to-day community activities. Tools and technology. In order for people who are blind to live life to the full as equal and participating members of society, they may need access to certain tools to help them do so. Providing these is an important part of our work. EDUCATION Sightsavers supports the principle of inclusive education. This is where children who have a disability such as being blind or visually impaired are included in the mainstream education system. Learning and blindness. Sightsavers supports the principle of inclusive education. This is where children who have a disability such as being blind or visually impaired are included in the mainstream education system. Working with teachers. Sightsavers works with local partners to ensure that children who are blind or visually impaired are included in mainstream schools. Yet in order for inclusive education to fully succeed, teachers need to be given the training and support they need to teach every child. Global Campaign for Education. Sightsavers is a member of the Global Campaign for Education which promotes education as a basic human right, and mobilizes public pressure on governments and the international community to fulfill their promises to provide free, compulsory public basic education for all people.   
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Careers

Job openings over the past year

10Total posted jobs

Examples of past jobs

  • Communications Manager
    United Kingdom
  • Head of Media
    United Kingdom, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

Staff at Sightsavers have experience in

Sectors

  • development
  • market research
  • events / training
  • education
  • monitoring / evaluation

Funders

  • save the children international
  • goal global

Countries

  • ghana
  • india
  • kenya
  • malawi
  • pakistan

Skills

  • managerial experience
  • business development
  • experience in recruitment
  • international experience
  • with experience in conflict areas

In the News

Development Enabled: Produced in partnership

Opinion: 2019 — the year we leave no one behind?

23 January 2019
Focus On: Vision

DFID puts £220M into fighting NTDs

25 September 2019
Focus on: Vision

Vision impairment through a gender lens

27 March 2019
Focus On: Vision

The unexpected frontline detectors of poor vision

27 February 2019
Focus on: Vision

A bolder vision for eye care

11 October 2018
Dominic Haslam on the post-2015 agenda

UN SDG process indicates exclusion is set to continue

1 July 2015

Experience

Infectious Disease
Monitoring / Evaluation
Financial Services
Banking & Finance Budgeting
Public Administration
Research & Development
Logistics / Supplies
Education Policy
Project Support
Reproductive Health

Contract Awards

Eliminating River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis

Other - Private Foundations / Corporations

Provision of Access to Global Health Solutions

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

Provision of Access to Global Health Solutions

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

Accelerating the Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (Lot 2)

Department for International Development (DFID) - United Kingdom

Initiative for Disability Inclusive Development

Department for International Development (DFID) - United Kingdom

Eliminating River Blindness

Other - Private Foundations / Corporations

Prevent River Blindness in Rural Areas

Other - Private Foundations / Corporations

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Company Offices

  • United Kingdom (headquarters)
  • Grosvenor Hall Bolnore Road Haywards Heath
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Dubai
  • Sightsavers Middle East Unit 401, Building 27, Block B Dubai Healthcare City PO Box 505166
  • India
  • Mumbai
  • A-3, Shiv Dham Plot No. 62, New Link Road Malad (W)
  • Ghana
  • Accra
  • 58 Patrice Lumumba Road, Airport Residential Area, Airport
  • United States
  • Wilmington
  • Sightsavers International, Inc. c/o Chapel & York 1000 N West St Suite 1200
  • United Kingdom
  • Edinburgh
  • 8a Randolph Crescent
  • Italy
  • Milan
  • Sightsavers Italia Onlus Via dei Piatti 4
  • Ireland
  • 70 Georges Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • Bangladesh
  • Dhaka
  • Apt. 5B & 5C (Sheltech Venus) House#7, Road#33 Gulshan
  • Kenya
  • Nairobi
  • PO Box 34690 00100 GPO