About Organization
  • Established in: 1998

  • Registration Law: International NGO

  • Themes & Interventions: Education, Health, Disability

  • What We Do: Awareness Raising, Advocacy, Research, Service Delivery, Capacity Building

Contact Details
  • Head Office at Islamabad

Introduction

Sightsavers has been changing lives and restoring sight worldwide since 1950 with a vision of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and where people with disabilities participate equally in society. For this, it focuses on strengthening systems and services in the areas of eye health and education, and promoting for equality and participation of marginalized groups especially persons with disabilities. Sightsavers promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities and campaign for disability rights so everyone has a chance to receive a quality education, earn a living and be independent.

Sightsavers in Pakistan had its beginnings since the early 70s, and then after a gap of a few years, returned again in 1985, and subsequently established a formal country presence in 1998.With the objective of developing eye care for the poorest people in both urban and rural areas, we have been providing preventive services as well as a full range of treatments. Our work in Pakistan focuses on strengthening eye health systems, promoting inclusive education systems, accessible community development and water and sanitation solutions.

At the time of establishment of Pakistan country office, we got a partnership MoU with Economic Affairs Division. It is a long-term partnership MoU which led to our strategic partnerships with health and Education ministries at federal level and respective departments in different provinces. Under the new policies and regulations of Ministry of Interior and EAD for the registration of International NGOs, since 2015 we are now registered as an International NGO, with Ministry of Interior (MoI) and Economic Affairs Division (EAD) government of Pakistan. Initially we had only three partners but currently we have strong partnerships with government ministries and provincial health and education departments, as well as with more than 20 non-profit organizations.