UK charities Sightsavers and CBM have been announced as joint winners of the 2017 António Champalimaud Vision Award.
The award is given annually to organisations in recognition of their outstanding contribution to research and eye care support in developing countries.
Sightsavers works in over 30 countries in an attempt to eliminate avoidable blindness and offers support to people with visual impairments.
The charity was awarded the accolade in recognition of their leadership in the Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP) that took place between 2012–2016.
The GTMP was a collaboration between 19 non-profit organisations that mapped the prevalence of trachoma to ensure efficient resource allocation to eliminate the disease by 2020.
Sightsavers chief executive, Caroline Harper, said: “So much of the blindness in the world is avoidable and we are delighted to receive such high praise and support of our work to help change this situation for good.”
CBM, an international Christian organisation, delivers medical services, such as cataract surgery, and works with communities to ensure that people living with visual impairments are valued and able to fulfil their potential.
Chief executive of CBM UK, Kirsty Smith, said: “We’re honoured to receive this award, which is testament to the tireless efforts of our experts and partners around the world and the amazing generosity of our supporters who enable our work to happen.
“But there’s still a huge way to go to end the vicious cycle of poverty and disability. Together, we’re determined to build a world where nobody is needlessly blind and every person with a disability has the chance to fulfil their God-given potential.”