Tanzania has a population of around 55 million people, but there are currently only three paediatric ophthalmologists qualified to operate on children with eye conditions like cataracts.

It’s estimated that there are 1.8 million people with visual impairments in Tanzania and 293,000 people who are blind. As you can imagine, the demand for their time is pretty high.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing some of the amazing people we met here, and seeing how one (up to) 60-minute operation can change someone’s life forever…



Meet three-month-old Paulo. Despite his age, Paulo has a cataract in one of his eyes. He lives in a...


Magdalena is an adorable two-year-old who doesn’t only have bilateral cataract (cataracts in both her eyes) she also has...


Six-year-old Haji loves to run around the village and play with his two older brothers. But recently a cataract...

Zena Salum Ally

Zena’s determination to achieve a better life for her son is one most parents can relate to. At just...

Dr Ashraf

Dr Ashraf has witnessed how vital your sight-saving donations are first-hand. “When people are blind, especially with cataract, they...

Dr Paul Nyaluke

Dr Nyaluke has been a qualified ophthalmologist for nine years but three years ago – after witnessing the urgent...

Baraka’s story – A miracle journey

Meet Baraka (pictured), the endearing two-year-old who is adored by all in his village. Baraka loves nothing more than...

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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.

To find out more about Sightsavers’ work visit sightsavers.org

/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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