From the Sightsavers’ website
There are 39 million blind people in the world, but 80 per cent of blindness can be cured or prevented. That’s 31.2 million people who are blind when they needn’t be.
Shocked by this? So are we. We want to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people who are irreversibly blind or disabled to live independently.
We help blind people to see again, and prevent people from going blind wherever we can. We improve the lives of people with disabilities, particularly those who have permanent sight loss.
We need to change the lives of people at risk of sight loss for the long term, not just today. So we campaign to make the world a fairer place for people with disabilities and we tackle the underlying causes of avoidable blindness.