Sightsavers has end of blinding disease in its sights
Sightsavers launched ‘The End is in Sight’ today (15 February), an ambitious appeal to fund the final push to eliminate the blinding eye disease trachoma.
Trachoma can cause blindness, trapping people in a cycle of poverty despite being preventable.
‘It is now within our grasp to be part of history and stop trachoma in its tracks,’ says Dr Caroline Harper, Chief Executive of Sightsavers. ‘This persistent disease blights the world’s poorest communities, yet it is treatable.’
Donations to the appeal, which will be doubled by the UK government, will go towards a project which aims to eliminate the disease in Tanzania.
Through working with communities at the local health facility level, Sightsavers hopes to create positive and lasting change to eye health outcomes. The focus of this project will specifically target people with disabilities, women and the elderly.