Sightsavers, a worldwide organization dedicated to treating preventable forms of blindness and advocating for disability rights, will lead a development program in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, and Bangladesh. They will utilize £13 million UK Aid Connect funds to provide 100,000 disabled people with necessary health care, send 10,000 disabled children to school, and increase the incomes of many thousands more people who struggle with disabilities. They hope to achieve a large-scale impact by supporting people with disabilities in their quests to find work.
These changes are to be implemented in the framework of a 6-year inclusive development program. This means people in lower-income countries will face less and less marginalization as their needs are identified and met. Sightsavers will partner with multiple other programs including the International Disability Alliance, ADD International, and BBC Media Action to accomplish their goals. Everything Sightsavers does contributes directly toward the needs of people with disabilities in the countries they work in. They work with people of disabilities in person as well as striving to influence governments for the wellbeing of those they advocate for.
They are showing members of different countries that people with disabilities are able to learn and work alongside everyone else, creating an influential model for change. They are taking action to find the marginalized people with disabilities in struggling countries in order to ensure they receive the help they need.
Initiatives like The Kenya Trachoma Elimination Program conquers disabilities before they start by delivering crucial medical help to those with treatable ailments to stop blindness before it starts. In India, Sightsavers is screening thousands of truck drivers and providing glasses for those who need it to prevent fatal accidents on the roads. In these ways and others, Sightsavers is providing crucial and practical help from the ground up to aid those with disabilities in multiple countries.