SightSavers of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

GiveWell and Sight Savers:


GiveWell is a nonprofit that evaluates charities by their effectiveness and benefits they provide to the community that it serves. Effectiveness is measured through community feedback/assessments and cost budget analysis. The significance of GiveWell is that it only funds and only acknowledges elite level charity programs that provide exceptional services. This company only recruits and recommends high-quality programs and one of those programs happens to be Sightsavers nonprofit. Sightsavers is a highly favored charity for its deworming program based in the UK. Sight Savers expands international services in preventing blindness and supporting individuals with impaired vision.


Is the Service Necessary?:


The charity specializes in medication for infectious diseases such as Onchocerciasis, also known as River Blindness. River Blindness derives from the Onchocerca volvulus: a parasitic worm that causes a bacteria infection which hardens the inner parts of the eyelid known as trachoma. Trachoma is highly contagious and has resulted in visual impairment or blindness for millions of citizens. Parasitic worms infect more than 33% of the world’s population by Schistosomiasis and Soil-Transmitted Helminths. Soil-transmitted helminthiasis is also caused by different species of worms that can be found in widespread poverty and locations where sanitation is of low priority. Soil-transmitted helminthiasis can cause mental and physical growth impairments which affect our youth. Children are the leading population most likely to become infected with Onchocerciasis. The second leading population includes those who live in close vicinities of impoverished residencies. Women are three times more likely to be medically diagnosed than man due to their heightened interaction with infected children. Deworming is the act of digesting Anthelmintics to remove parasitic worms from the intestines. Preventive treatments involve treating areas with high prevalence of helminthiasis and schistosomiasis. prescription medications such as praziquantel kill the parasites like liver flukes and blood flukes that cause bilharzia, while ‎Anthelmintics kills soil-transmitted helminths. Through GiveWell funding, SightSavers Charity programs have served billions of individuals around the world. Infected patients have received treatment for little ($0.02 cents) to no expense in a short amount of time. Availability for deworming medicine at local health centers and in schools fortifies trusted relationship between Sightsavers and affected communities. Sightsavers has invested in community change through powerful relationships with GiveWell. Site Savers Program and GiveWell have the common interest for healing and restoring humanity.


Is Sightsavers successful in its efforts?:

Their active planning and evaluation resulted in a successful implementation of deworming programs in affected communities. Sightsavers Charity Programs have expanded massively in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon with an evidence-based support that there is strong evidence that administration of the drugs reduces worm loads.