Omari and his father, Amiri can't stop smiling as a doctor comes and removes the bandages after cataract surgery.

Treating childhood blindness across East Africa

Country: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
Category: Saving sight

There are 1.4 million blind children in the world and many more who live with visual impairment. Poor eyesight has a huge impact on their future – children who are unable to see are much less likely to go to school or complete their education. Many children in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda have no access to eye health services.

Our programme is part of a USD 5 million grant from Seeing is Believing for child eye health support across these three countries helping to improve access for children and their families to quality services that prevent and treat blindness and visual impairment, reaching an estimated 1 million children under the age of 15, by:

  • identifying children with eye conditions by improving screening programmes and referral services to specialist eye care services;
  • training medical staff, outreach workers and community leaders to improve understanding of child eye health and how children can be helped;
  • treating children who have eye conditions, ranging from providing glasses to cataract surgery.

This project is supported by Seeing is Believing, a collaboration between Standard Chartered and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Partners: Seeing is Believing, Sightsavers, Fred Hollows Foundation, College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COESCA), Ministry of Health, Kenya, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and Ministry of Health, Uganda.

Transforming lives

Augustine loves listening to the radio.


“He can see now and can go to school. I’m so happy! And I would never have had the money for the eye surgery. So, please continue your work and help other children in need, too. God bless you!”

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Omari and his father, Amiri can't stop smiling as a doctor comes and removes the bandages after cataract surgery.


“I can see much better Daddy, the clouds are gone. I look forward to going back to school”.

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Vaileth & Susana both have cataracts and were treated by CBM's partner in Tanzania

Vaileth and Susana

“Now they can see better, I hope the girls can go to school to get an education so they can live a better life. Thank you so much.”

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