Our work in Sri Lanka

A palm-fringed island just off the south-east coast of India, Sri Lanka has suffered from two decades of civil war caused by ethnic tensions. Out of a population of over 19 million, approximately 83,000 people are blind in Sri Lanka, with cataract remaining the most common cause of blindness.

Sightsavers in Sri Lanka

Sightsavers has been supporting partners in the country since the late 80s. During the last few years we have worked increasingly with the Ministry of Health to tackle low vision and childhood blindness following the Government of Sri Lanka's signing of VISION 2020 in 2001.

We are about to start work in the Jaffna region, badly hit by the civil war, having seen 25 years of conflict. We are planning to open a permanent eye care unit and support outreach services to serve people who were displaced during the war, and are now resettling on their former land.

A perfect partnership

Working with the Women's Development Centre in Sri Lanka allows us to reach vulnerable people we would not otherwise be able to.

Working in Sri Lanka's urban slums

Find out about our work with some of the poorest communities in Colombo.

A new vision for Sri Lanka

Fundraiser Sarah Muddle recently visited Sri Lanka, where Sightsavers has only worked since 1980, making it one of our newest countries.

All in a day’s work

Find out how Sightsavers' Sarah Muddle got on when she spent the morning with a Sri Lankan public health midwife.

A fantastic service

Ms Senaderage Dona Chandrika shares her experience working as a librarian at the Sri Lanka Council for the Blind, a Sightsavers partner in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

Working with sight loss

Giragammanagedera Mangala is a nurse in Kandy Hospital, Sri Lanka, who was afraid she would lose her job when her eye sight started to deteriorate. Read her story here… 

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