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.