Sightsavers collaborates with the Ugandan Government


Sir John and Lady Jean Wilson founded Sightsavers. The organisation helps the blind victims recover their sight as their name suggests. They prevent blindness among the neediest victims of blindness. Sightsavers have a team of optical doctors and surgeons dedicated to their cause. They treat other derelict tropical diseases like trachoma and river blindness. The organisation is dedicated to improving disability rights among the affected victims. They work hand-in-hand with governments and non-governmental organizations in finding the causes of blindness. Sightsavers also give vocational training to individuals majorly affected by disabilities. Recently, they launched a campaign in Uganda, working closely with the Ugandan Government in the project. The campaign involved initiating a program for the elderly above the age of 65.

The program offered free testing for the aged people. They specialized in treating eye disease and sight loss among the selected clientele. An advantage of this forum enabled the elderly get the services as they collected their pension from government offices. Where a person was found to have developed sight issues like cataracts and trachoma, they were engaged in immediate treatment. The campaign was launched at the end of May this year. Sightsavers worked with the ESP otherwise known as the Ugandan government’s Expanding Social Protection together with other developers. The age group was targeted as the surrounding communities neglected them. Also, they were the group that was likely to develop such issues as they age.

Funded by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Trachoma Initiative, the campaign has proved to be successful. Under the UK’s Department for International Development in collaboration with the Sightsavers initiative for Community Health Program, the elderly got efficient services. The Ugandan country director, Johnson Ngorok, said that the Program had aided the elderly by a large margin as it has changed lives. The elderly can now work on their own as opposed to begging for their livelihoods. The campaign also eased the lives of the family members as they elderly became self-reliant. Since 2010, the ESP Program has been an umbrella organisation under the Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development.

The primal aim of the government was to reduce poverty in Karamoja region, which is supposedly the poorest are in Uganda. The head of the ESP campaign said that the organisation linkage with Sightsavers has aided in the country in reducing disability in the country. Also, the issuance of pension grants has spearheaded the fight against blindness-related diseases. Dr Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, said the collaborations between the three parties has helped blindness become history.