Foday smiling after his bandages from cataracts have been removed.

Treating and preventing blindness in Sierra Leone

Country: Sierra Leone
Category: Saving sight

Sierra Leone has a population of just over 6 million. More than 100,000 people are blind, many needlessly through conditions that can be easily prevented or treated. People living with blindness are often unable to access education or earn a living, and many experience various forms of discrimination and neglect.

We are working with two partner hospitals to prevent and treat blindness in and around the capital Freetown and in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone, as part of a wider Seeing is Believing project supporting eye care across Sierra Leone.

Our part of this programme:

  • Treats people for eye conditions that can cause blindness, including cataracts and glaucoma;
  • Trains doctors and health workers to identify and treat eye conditions;
  • Supports hospitals to improve eye health systems and coordination.

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

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