The Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind is a UK registered charity 207544 and SCO38110 trading and branded as Sightsavers.
Facts You may Not Know
- 31.2 million people are blind when they needn’t be. With drugs and support Sightsavers have protected 330 million people from becoming new victims from river blindness or trachoma.
- Sightsavers 2016 income was a massive £300million pounds. £230million of this was in the form of gifts in kind and donated service. – Merck & Co Inc. donated Mectizan®
tablets shipped to Benin, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Malawi Nigeria,
Togo and Uganda for distribution to those people at risk of developing river blindness.
- International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to eliminating trachoma also donated via Pfizer, Zithromax® for Sudan.
- Individual donations and legacies were £48m and £24m was received from various governments and other sources.
- A Million Miracles is Sightsavers campaign to fund one million operations that will restore, save and protect people’s sight in some of the poorest parts of the world. £6million has been invested in neglected topical disease.
- Sightsavers was founded in 1950 originally called the British Empire Society for the Blind, then the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind.
- Compared to many other charities, cash and reserves are not overly large which may imply that money is being made to work hard.
- Sightsavers fund raising costs £18m each year!