Consider our nerves wracked

Consider our nerves wracked

What a day! No fingernail in the Sightsavers office remained unchewed as we watched the live broadcast of Winesi’s bandage removal start… and cut out.

In many ways it was a perfect example of the kind of difficulties medical staff face in developing countries. A not-unusual Malawian power cut occurred ten minutes before the broadcast started, and caused all kinds of fuse-related chaos. Big thanks go to Kola, our Health Systems Programme Development Advisor, who valiantly took the onscreen helm while the problems were occurring.

After attempting to get the connection back, we made the decision to end the broadcast. The most important part of the whole event, the removal of Winesi’s bandages, was something we couldn’t put off. We didn’t want him to have to wait a minute longer.

So Winesi’s big reveal went ahead without us, but don’t worry, you can still share in the moment. The team in Malawi have filmed everything and it’ll be added on our broadcast page the minute it’s available. And trust us, it’s worth the wait!

Sightsavers CEO Caroline Harper said: “Today has been an incredibly emotional day. Earlier, I received a text saying “There is singing in Malawi… Winesi can see!”. I have to tell you, even though I have travelled in Africa for many years, and seen difficult sights, this brought tears to my eyes. We will post the film on our website as soon as we can, and I just hope everyone who sees it recognises the incredible difference a few pounds can make to someone’s life…”


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What is A Million Miracles?

A Million Miracles is Sightsavers’ biggest ever campaign to support the work we do. The campaign aims to fund one million operations that will restore, save and protect people’s sight in some of the poorest parts of the world. A sight-saving operation for an adult costs £30 which means to reach our goal we need to raise £30 million by the end of 2017.

Sightsavers works in some of the poorest countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and, where blindness is irreversible, we work to promote equality and ensure people with disabilities have the same opportunities in life as anyone else.

Your donation will help make this happen. Whether it’s funding the operation itself, getting someone to a doctor, giving children with visual impairments an education, providing support to families affected by blindness – by giving your support today you’re changing people’s lives.

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/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/UK-AID-Donations_flag-RGB_white_5px.pngFrom 9th October 2017 to 9th January 2018 the UK government will match your donation, enabling us to provide two miracles for every one you fund. The matched funds raised through UK Aid Match will support our projects in Pakistan and Bangladesh.


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