Sightsavers-Preventing Preventable Blindness

Sightsavers is hard at work all over the world getting information out about preventable blindness as well as being proactive and preventing it from occurring and treating it whenever possible. Unfortunately, 39 million people are blind simply because of their living conditions or because they are poor. They do not have access to the basics that many of us take for granted such as clean drinking water and they do not have access to proper medical care.

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Sightsavers is helping to cure many of the diseases that cause blindness and if blindness is permanent, helping those who are blind to live independently. They are helping those living in remote areas to live normal lives and to get the care that they deserve and need when they would otherwise have to suffer from their condition.

By educating people on the very real situation that so many are living with, Sightsavers is drawing in a lot of support. Recently a group of pub runners raised £2,500 to help raise money for the cause. They were touched when they heard the story of Laurinda, whose sight was restored through the efforts of Sightsavers and decided that they wanted to help out. They realized that so many people live in conditions every day and that the minor injuries that some of the members of their team suffered through were well worth it.

Sightsavers is on a mission to eliminate preventable blindness. Most eye conditions are treatable with low-cost treatments. Every year Sightsavers trains over 150 thousand cataract surgeons, specialty teachers, primary eye care workers, and community volunteers. Sightsavers completes their work with the help of local partners in over 30 countries such as Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Health teams visit very remote villages and hold eye camps to help educate, and treat eye problems.

When it comes to the right to vote in Cameroon, Nanny Powers wants other people with disabilities to know that their voice counts. Nanny founded the National Association of Persons with Short Stature, a disability organisation for people with restricted growth. She says, “The first time I tried to vote… the voting box was too high [for me to reach]! I was not aware, I didn’t know my rights. I didn’t know that disabled people have the right to vote, I didn’t know if it was for a certain class and a certain age. I’d reached the age to vote and I was battling for the rights of little people and a woman came and said, ‘You have the right to vote.’ That’s how I started.” Read her full story: https://www.putusinthepicture.org/story/nanny-powers/ 📷 Maria Fsadni #Sightsavers #InThePicture #MakeItCount #LeaveNoOneBehind #disability #inclusion #socialinclusion #humanrights #inclusiveeducation #education #educationiskey #educationforall #educationmatters #inclusionmatters #inclusionworks #equalrights #equality #womeninspire

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If someone is in need of treatment, they are taken care of right away before their condition has the chance to worsen. Through the help of Sightsavers people who are very poor or live in very remote areas of the world are getting the help that they desperately need.

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