Kick-Off Blindness


Nigeria is among the ten most populated countries  in the world. Despite its size there had been no earlier national estimate of the prevalence and causes of blindness and visual impairment before the Nigeria national blindness and visual impairment survey was conducted between 2005 and 2007. Six collaborating institutions took part and ICEH provided technical guidance for the survey design, provision of training, external supervision of the survey activities, data analysis and report writing.

As a result, for the first time scientifically valid data are available for the entire country providing the epidemiological evidence and data needed for eye care planning, priority setting, advocacy and for measuring the impact of service delivery in Nigeria. The data also contribute towards the global database of blindness, which is being used for global planning, advocacy, resource mobilisation and to monitor VISION 2020 initiatives.

About the Event

This event is focused on providing assistance and awareness to the blind and visually impaired persons in remote communities within Nigeria. REFoundation is going to achieve this through inaugurating an annual event that will take place on every World Sight Day (October 13). This event will contain educational and fun elements such as a football event to kick-off the program, awareness seminar, free eye check-up, music performances and presentation of visual aids and numerous gifts. The aim of this project is to offer persons with visual disabilities a great day out, including transport, refreshments, association and an unforgettable experience.

Hard facts

  • 1.13 million individuals are currently blind in Nigeria
  • 2.7 million adults have moderate visual impairment with 400,000 severely visually impaired
  • 25 million adults in Nigeria are visually impaired or blind

Get involved in an act of kindness, show support, take part in our campaign, and reach out to these people.

A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.” Osho, The Book of Secrets

Our objectives

  • Empowering the blind and visual impaired through skills acquisition
  • Provision of free visual aids.
  • We are focused on organizing an annual educational/fun event within Nigeria
  • We offer the blind and visually impaired a great day out
  • Raise funds to make event possible and donate funds towards projects for visually challenged persons
  • To accept the blind and visually impaired in our society.

Your eyes are not just windows to your soul, but to your health as well.

There is a high prevalence of blindness and severe visual impairment among those aged > or = 40 years in Nigeria. Significant differences exist between the geopolitical zones and emphasis should be on ensuring eye services across Nigeria, which means that planning at the regional level is necessary.



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