IMPACT’s aim is simple – that no one should become needlessly disabled by disease, lack of knowledge or shortage of medical services.

Our international programmes prevent and alleviate needless disability. All of our projects are run by local people in touch with real need – they also contribute resources. This ensures that our work is cost-effective and appropriate.

We have already restored sight, mobility and hearing, or repaired cleft lip for almost 800,000 people and prevented a lifetime of disability for many thousands more.

The Opportunity for Action

According to World Health Organisation estimates, 15% of the world’s people are disabled. 80% of them live in developing countries and one third are children.

We are convinced that, with the effective delivery of modern technology and knowledge, at least half this disability is preventable and much is reversible or curable at low cost.

Did you know?

Four preventable diseases account for half of all deafness and hearing impairment.
Iodine deficiency disorders are the largest cause of preventable brain damage and lack of vitamin A blinds thousands of children each year.

Every minute more than 30 women are disabled during childbirth.