Sightsavers works on a range of programs to prevent blindness and support blind people. It is recommended specifically for its work on deworming.

Fast facts

  • Sightsavers advocates for, funds, supports, and monitors deworming programs as part of its work on fighting neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
  • Deworming programs are generally cost-effective. GiveWell considers deworming to be a priority program.
  • Sightsavers works in 30 countries throughout the world, focusing on Africa and Asia.

What is Sightsavers's mission?

Sightsavers envisions "a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and where people with disabilities participate equally in society."

What does Sightsavers do?

  • Sightsavers has a variety of programs focused on preventing avoidable blindness and supporting people with impaired vision in low- and middle-income countries. This focus led to its work on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), some of which are linked with vision loss.
  • Sightsavers works to prevent and treat trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, intestinal worms, and schistosomiasis. There are particularly recommended for their work treating schistosomiasis and intestinal worms.
  • In 2019, they provided 15 million treatments for schistosomiasis and treated more than 5.9 million people for intestinal worms.
  • Sightsavers trains and works with local volunteers to facilitate the delivery of preventative treatments.

Why do we recommend Sightsavers?

  • Deworming can be a highly cost-effective intervention that remains underfunded globally. GiveWell considers it a priority program.
  • Sightsavers is a highly transparent organisation and shares significant and detailed information with the public.
  • Sightsavers conducts research and uses data to inform its strategic decisions.
  • Sightsavers is recognised by GiveWell as a top charity.
  • In 2020, Open Philanthropy offered Sightsavers a general support grant of about $2.7 million.
  • GiveWell estimates that Sightsavers could effectively use at least $7.6 million beyond what it expects to raise in 2021--2023.

To learn more about Sightsavers, we recommend reading GiveWell's detailed review.

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