Where we work

Sightsavers’ programmes began in Africa in the 1950s, and we now work in more than 30 countries across Africa and Asia.

Our programmes cover northern and central Africa and Asia, in the countries highlighted in white on the map

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Our global history

Sightsavers’ first programmes started in the 1950s in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

In the 1960s and 1970s our work expanded into Asia, with our first projects in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and we continued to extend our work into several other African countries. Most recently, we started work in Yemen in 2018.

We now work in more than 30 countries, and have project offices in 25 of these countries. We also have fundraising offices in the UK, Ireland, United States, Italy and Norway.

Read about our latest work

Dr Gladys walks with a female health worker, all wearing medical scrubs.
Sightsavers from the field

“Everyone deserves quality eye care services”

In Uganda, an inclusive eye health programme has helped to protect people’s vision and build a sustainable eye health system that can be accessed by everyone.

February 2024
A mother holds and looks at her young son as they stand in front of a brick wall.
Sightsavers from the field

Treating cataracts in Zambia: “I know their future is going to be bright”

Cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness. On World Sight Day, learn what Sightsavers is doing to protect the sight of children with cataracts in Zambia.

September 2023
Upendo talks to a patient during an eye test.
Sightsavers from the field

The Boresha Macho project: improving vision in Tanzania

In Singida, an inclusive eye health programme has made eye care services more affordable, sustainable and equitable. Here, four people involved with the project share their stories.

March 2023

How one couple’s vision helped millions to see

About our founders