Sir John Wilson:
A founder’s vision

        An organisation “strong
        enough to command
        attention, big enou...
Sightsavers’ vision
“A world in which no-one is needlessly blind
 and where everyone who is irreversibly blind
 or severel...
Blindness: The Facts…

• Every 5 seconds, someone goes blind

• A child goes blind every minute

• 37 million blind people...
The figures…

• 90% of the world’s blind and visually impaired live in
  developing world

• 50% of the world’s blind chil...
Causes of Blindness
•   Cataract – 47.8%
•   Glaucoma – 12.3%
•   Macular Degeneration – 8.7%
•   Corneal opacity – 5.1%
•...
BUT
     75% of blindness is
   avoidable or preventable

             AND
it’s cheap and simple to address
Vision 2020
Sightsavers is a founding member of
VISION 2020, a unique global
collaboration of leading eye care agencies
th...
VISION 2020
   Since its establishment in 1990, significant achievements
   have been made in the prevention and managemen...
Sightsavers
  Presence in 33 countries
  Restored sight to over 5.5 million
  Treated over 100 million for
  conditions th...
Sightsavers’ Programmes
Cataract
   Sightsavers:
   •Supports training for cataract surgeons
   & ophthalmologists
   •Provides the equipment & co...
River Blindness
River Blindness
Trachoma
Trachoma
Childhood Blindness
Childhood Blindness
Low Vision
Inclusive Education
Community Based Rehabilitation
Training
    Sightsavers supports training for
    eye care personnel at all levels:
    •Community based workers
    •Oph...
Comprehensive Eye Services
Comprehensive Eye Services
• Preventative, community based services
• Sight restoring surgery
• Services for irreversibly ...
Working with Partners
Sightsavers works with partners in all
  countries, including:
• Governments (Ministries of Health a...
Working with partners
Sightsavers supports partners through:
• Training in management, finance,
  technology, fundraising ...
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Fighting the avoidable blindness and advocating for equal opportunities and education for disabled people in the developing Countries, since 1950

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Presentation Ssi Overview

  1. 1. Sir John Wilson: A founder’s vision An organisation “strong enough to command attention, big enough to span continents, yet simple enough to do something meaningful against the realities of an African village.”
  2. 2. Sightsavers’ vision “A world in which no-one is needlessly blind and where everyone who is irreversibly blind or severely visually impaired enjoys the same rights, responsibilities and opportunities as people who are sighted”.
  3. 3. Blindness: The Facts… • Every 5 seconds, someone goes blind • A child goes blind every minute • 37 million blind people in the world • Annual cost est. $25 billion (WHO) • Social/humanitarian cost incalculable
  4. 4. The figures… • 90% of the world’s blind and visually impaired live in developing world • 50% of the world’s blind children need not be blind • 50% of children who go blind die within two years
  5. 5. Causes of Blindness • Cataract – 47.8% • Glaucoma – 12.3% • Macular Degeneration – 8.7% • Corneal opacity – 5.1% • Diabetic Retinopathy – 4.8% • Childhood Blindness – 3.9% • Trachoma – 3.6% • Onchocerciasis – 0.8% • Other – 13%
  6. 6. BUT 75% of blindness is avoidable or preventable AND it’s cheap and simple to address
  7. 7. Vision 2020 Sightsavers is a founding member of VISION 2020, a unique global collaboration of leading eye care agencies that aims to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020
  8. 8. VISION 2020 Since its establishment in 1990, significant achievements have been made in the prevention and management of blindness, including: • Increased public awareness and utilisation of eye care services • Increased availability and affordability of eye care services • More effective primary eye care activities as an integral part of primary health care means improved case finding and referral • Increased global political commitment to blindness prevention • Increased commitment and support of NGOs
  9. 9. Sightsavers Presence in 33 countries Restored sight to over 5.5 million Treated over 100 million for conditions that threaten sight In 2006 we: Screened over 4.6 million people Treated over 3 million Supported 277,393 eye operations
  10. 10. Sightsavers’ Programmes
  11. 11. Cataract Sightsavers: •Supports training for cataract surgeons & ophthalmologists •Provides the equipment & consumables necessary to perform surgery •Builds/refurbishes eye clinics with to provide surgical facilities •Raises awareness in the community about cataract & how to treat it
  12. 12. River Blindness
  13. 13. River Blindness
  14. 14. Trachoma
  15. 15. Trachoma
  16. 16. Childhood Blindness
  17. 17. Childhood Blindness
  18. 18. Low Vision
  19. 19. Inclusive Education
  20. 20. Community Based Rehabilitation
  21. 21. Training Sightsavers supports training for eye care personnel at all levels: •Community based workers •Ophthalmic paramedics •Technicians •Ophthalmologists
  22. 22. Comprehensive Eye Services
  23. 23. Comprehensive Eye Services • Preventative, community based services • Sight restoring surgery • Services for irreversibly blind children and adults • Training for all levels of eye care personnel • Good referral links between services • Typically serve a population of 1 million
  24. 24. Working with Partners Sightsavers works with partners in all countries, including: • Governments (Ministries of Health and Education) • Locally based NGOs • Rotary & Lions groups • Organisations of and for the blind
  25. 25. Working with partners Sightsavers supports partners through: • Training in management, finance, technology, fundraising & advocacy • Building their capacity to offer services through infrastructural development

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