Giving a family their independence back
Like almost 30 per cent of people living in the slums of Dhaka in Bangladesh, Jainab and her husband Abal cannot afford eye-care.
Deteriorating eye sight meant they had to give up their jobs selling vegetables at the local market and their children had to support them.
While at their local mosque, Abal heard about a camp that provides free eye-screenings and consultations. After visiting the clinic, both were diagnosed with bilateral cataracts. They were sent to the Islamia Eye Hospital, where they received successful surgeries at no cost. They can now see and enjoy an independent life together.
We're committed to improving access to eye-care for those that need it. By 2020, we aim to raise USD100 million through Seeing is Believing, our global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness.
We aim to help more people like Jainab and Abal. The Dhaka Urban Eye Care Programme, run by Sightsavers, is one of many clinics we fund through Seeing is Believing.