World Sight Day 2019

Posted on: Thursday, 10th October, 2019
Ophthalmic clinical officer Aloys

This World Sight Day we’re celebrating dedicated #EyeHealthHeroes who are saving sight in the world’s poorest communities.

Do you remember Jado, who works at our partner Kabgayi Eye Unit in Rwanda? Skilled eye health workers like him are on the frontline of preventing avoidable blindness.

Ophthalmic clinical officer Jado at Kigeme District Hospital in Rwanda.

Sarah helps deliver eye health services to people living in remote, rural communities in Rwanda. “I like outreach because we meet many patients. We can help them here, near where they live.”

Ophthalmic clinical officer Sarah at Kigeme District Hospital in Rwanda.

Meet more of our eye health heroes.

Did you know 75% of the world’s blindness is avoidable?

The first ever World Report on Vision was published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) this week, which highlighted that globally, more than 1 billion people are living with blindness or a vision impairment that could have been prevented or treated.

Watch our film, featuring Dame Penelope Wilton, to find out what CBM is doing to tackle avoidable blindness in the world’s poorest communities.


Christian Blind Mission Sunday

5-year-old Shalom from Uganda has cataractsThis Sunday 13th October, churches across the UK are taking part in Christian Blind Mission Sunday to transform the lives of those living with needless blindness in the world’s poorest places.

People living in developing countries with vision impairment can be out of sight and out of mind: they often face stigma and discrimination as people exclude them from school, work, and participating in their community.

We have produced a range of resources to enable church congregations to learn, pray and give to ensure no one living with blindness in the world’s poorest places is out of sight and out of mind. Find out more.

We’re really excited to see what your church is doing to mark #WorldSightDay on Christian Blind Mission Sunday. Please send your photos to:

Today your gift has 5x the impact!

Read stamp reading: Donate Today £10 = £50

Did you know… until the 31st of December, every £1 you give will unlock additional funds and mean your gift has 5 times the impact!

Donations will support CBM’s work providing sight-saving treatment and support in some of the world’s poorest places. Find out more.


1st, 2nd and 3rd images: Ophthalmic clinical officers, Aloys, Jado and Sarah at Kigeme District Hospital in Rwanda. ©CBM/Hayduk. 4th image: 5-year-old Shalom from Uganda.


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