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Yeti, Marieke and Rupert at the COSP 2019 Photo Credit: Julian Roniger
Light for the World representatives attend the 12th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on June 11th - 13th, 2019.
Opthalmologist checking a patient's eye
A partnership between the Islamic Development Bank and Light for the World aims to put an end to avoidable blindness in 10 African countries.
woman on a wheelchair. Text next to her says SDG 5 Gender Equality
With the Her Abilities Award, Light for the World wants to contribute to the theme of SDG 5 and put the achievements of women with disabilities at centre-stage. The nomination deadline is around the corner.
Photo:Robert Ssewagude, Light for the World beneficiary, Tanzania. Credit: Light for the World
The East Africa Disability Fund awards £2.1 million of funding to six organisations
young child receiving medication
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are affecting 1.5 billion people globally and from those affected 40% are living in Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these diseases are affecting the poorest and hardest to reach communities in Africa.
Logo:Global Disability Summit 2018. Credit: DfID
More than 700 delegates to discuss aspects of disability inclusion at London summit

2018: Six important figures at a glance

Number of treatments given to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases icon
16,286,999
Number of treatments given to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases
Number of people reached icon
1,209,978
Number of people reached
Eye surgeries performed icon
89,280
Eye surgeries performed
Persons with disabilities who received rehab wheelchair icon
34,696
Persons with disabilities who received rehabilitation
Livelihood icon
24,212
Livelihood and empowerment activities
children with disabilities who received an education book icon
12,953
Children with disabilities who received an education

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Haile Gebrselassie
Haile Gebrselassie
Olympic Gold Medallist and quadruple World Champion

As Goodwill Ambassador of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, it seems crucial to me that persons with disabilities should move from the margins of society to its center and enjoy equal rights in all areas of life.

Benita Ferrero-Waldner
Benita Ferrero-Waldner
Former Commissioner of the European Union, President of EU-LAC Foundation (Austria)

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD shows a remarkable vision of an inclusive world in which we are all able to live a life of health and dignity.

Thérèse Kafando
Thérèse Kafando
Director of CEFISE

I am very proud of and satisfied with the collaboration with LIGHT FOR THE WORLD. Thanks to their support, we are able to reach large numbers of excluded children with disabilities.

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