Sightsavers Recent Participation in the Global Disability Summit

Sightsavers is a U.K. based organization that works to prevent physical blindness. They also do their best to empower those who are already blind or have a disability. One of their core beliefs is that absolutely everyone deserves to live the best life that they can. They work mostly in developing continents such as Africa and the Caribbean Islands to treat preventable diseases that lead to blindness, such as River blindness or Trachoma.


In August 2018, Sightsavers CEO Dr. Caroline Harper made a call for equal rights for those with disabilities at the U.K.’s first global disability summit in London. The event was co-hosted by U.K.’s DFID (Department of International Development), the IDA (International Disability Alliance), and the Kenya Government.


In a world of about seven billion people, it is estimated that one billion live with a disability of some sort. About 80 percent of them seem to be found in developing countries and it’s not hard to guess why. Developing countries often lack access to resources that meet their basic needs such as an education. Their governments are often very ignorant, or blame them, for their plights and they often don’t receive any sympathy at all.


"What is river blindness?" River blindness is a parasitic infection that can, over time, cause irreversible blindness. The disease is spread by the bite of infected black flies that breed near fast-flowing rivers. 120 million people are at risk worldwide. River blindness can lead to severe skin irritation, pain and sight loss. 500,000 people are blind because of it. 37 million are infected by the disease. Medication can stop it spreading. Fly catchers work to eradicate the flies that carry river blindness. Together, we can eliminate the disease. Learn more: (or click link in our bio!) #Sightsavers #riverblindness #ntds #blindness #eyes #eyehealth #vision #sight #sightloss #visionloss #eyecare #eyehealth #beatNTDs #nomoreNTDs #blindnessawareness #endavoidableblindness #avoidableblindness #river #rivers #riversides #didyouknow #dyk #factoftheday #interesting #interestingfacts

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The recent Global Disability Summit was attended by 800 people from all over the world, highlighted on some of the challenges that those living in third world countries are facing. Some of those same challenges have been discussed for decades but progress in implementing them has been very slow. The four main topics of the recent summit included economic empowerment, inclusive education, innovative technology, and respect for all people. The most emphasis was placed on the very last. Accountability and transparency of implementing the innovations were also very highly encouraged. However, judging what had already been accomplished, Sightsavers and the other organizations in attendance have already been fairly successful in achieving some of their progress.


Some of the outcomes of the Summit:


-18 governments and organizations committed to implementing their new inclusion plans for their countries


-Nine governments committed to passing new laws or improve existing ones on rights for people with disabilities


Several U.N. organizations committed to change how they included people with disabilities


-The World Bank pledged to include their own educational cornerstone project funding by 2025


-33 governments and organizations pledged to stretch their inclusiveness of those with disabilities in humanitarian organizations during war crises and other unrest conflicts in their countries