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Mekonen Beyabeh and family Photo Credit Ulrich Eigner
At least 2.2 billion people have vision impairment or blindness, of which over 1 billion cases could have been prevented or have yet to be addressed. The WHO has launched the first World report on Vision.
Abdou Nourou aus Burkina Faso - Credit: LIGHT FOR THE WORLD
All around the world, millions of children – like Nourou, whose story you can read below – are shut out from school and struggling, because of a disability. As our research “Leave No Child Behind” reveals, governments are falling way short on their commitments.
Little boy with visual impairment with his mother at new Beira eye clinic.
The newest state-of-the-art Eye Clinic in Mozambique officially opened its doors on August 30th, 2019.
Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development
More than 2,000 participants from governments, civil society, academia and business attended this year's High-Level Political Forum in New York City - July 2019.
Overview of the Sustainable Development Goals
This year the theme of the High-level political forum on sustainable development was “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
Young child in Tanzania who has recovered his vision after cataract surgery
Visual impairment - if not detected, treated or corrected - among children can severely hinder their quality of life. One of our dreams is to ensure children have access to eye health services for generations to come.

2018: Six important figures at a glance

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16,286,999
Number of treatments given to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases
Number of people reached icon
1,209,978
Number of people reached
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89,280
Eye surgeries performed
Persons with disabilities who received rehab wheelchair icon
34,696
Persons with disabilities who received rehabilitation
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24,212
Livelihood and empowerment activities
children with disabilities who received an education book icon
12,953
Children with disabilities who received an education

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The Inauguration of an Eye Clinic: Through the Eyes of Ilauda
2019-11-09
See for yourself what the opening ceremony for the brand new eye clinic in Beira was like with a first-hand account from our country officer, Ilauda.
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Local Communities at the UN Headquarters in New York
2019-18-06
Take a glimpse at what took place inside the UN headquarters, including a demonstration in the main entrance hall at the beginning of the conference.
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Innovate for Inclusion - A Social Innovation Lab Publication
2019-07-06
A Social Innovation Lab is a space where a group of people in complementary roles come together to experiment, in order to find new solutions to complex problems.
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Alliance fights avoidable blindness
2019-29-05
A partnership between the Islamic Development Bank and Light for the World aims to put an end to avoidable blindness in 10 African countries.

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Testimonials

Colin Low
Colin Low
Politician and law scholar

I have high regard for the highly professional and committed work LIGHT FOR THE WORLD does in combating injustice and inequality and the marginalisation of disadvantaged groups throughout the world.

Ron Mccallum
Ronald McCallum
Vice-Chairperson of the UN-Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, Senior Australian for the Year 2011

I am truly honoured to be an Ambassador for LIGHT FOR THE WORLD. My concerns for persons with disabilities are that our human rights and inherent dignity are respected by all.

Haile Gebrselassie
Haile Gebrselassie
Olympic Gold Medallist and quadruple World Champion

As Goodwill Ambassador of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, it seems crucial to me that persons with disabilities should move from the margins of society to its center and enjoy equal rights in all areas of life.

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