We’re playing a catalytic role in theglobal battle against malnutrition

Since 1986, when the Sight and Life Task Force was set up to prevent xerophthalmia and child deaths, we have beenexpanding science-led nutrition solutions for healthier futures.

child taking vaccination

Vendors selling affordable shell eggs in market, an initiative made possible with the Eggciting program.

Today, we have made an impact in more than 13 low- and middle-income countries globally through our nutrition initiatives, business models, partnerships, and thought leadership. We’re focused on the grassroots, strongly believe in empowering local entrepreneurship and enabling local leadership so that no one is left behind as we fight malnutrition-related mortality, disability, and poverty.

Christoph Goppelsroeder

Chair of the Board, Sight and Life

“In a world which is failing, success can only be made possible by local entrepreneurship and helping people to help themselves. I want to see Sight & Life play a catalytic role in the global battle against the malnutrition crisis we face today.”

Our vision

A malnutrition-free world, where science-led solutions and sustainable economic models are amplified to uplift the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Our mission

To close the micronutrient, lipid, and protein gap in low- and middle-income countries, especially in women of reproductive age and children, by linking nutrition knowledge and research with implementation towards achieving scale.

Our strategy

The world needs more direct and on-ground impact to tackle malnutrition. We focus on 3 key stages to deliver this.

  • Translate nutrition science for innovation solutions and interventions.

  • Test social business models with local partners to make them sustainable.

  • Transfer viable solutions to established players for scale-up.

Our history

Key milestones in Sight & Life’s journey

  • A pivot at 35 years

    Celebrating 35 years in nutrition, Sight and Life launches its new strategy for a world without malnutrition.

  • Power for Mothers addresses maternal nutrition

    Sight and Life and partners organize Power for Mothers, addressing the need to close the maternal undernutrition gap. They make the case for Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation (MMS) during pregnancy and discuss how to bring critical vitamins and minerals to mothers.

  • Tapping young talent in nutrition science

    Sight and Life is reorganized as a Swiss foundation. The Director of Nutrition at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr Shawn Baker, receives the 4th Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award at the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Global Gathering.

  • Sight and Life now a foundation, awards Dr Baker

    Sight and Life is reorganized as a Swiss foundation. The Director of Nutrition at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr Shawn Baker, receives the 4th Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award at the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Global Gathering.

  • A new institute and focus; laurels to Dr Lartey

    Sight and Life Global Nutrition Research Institute at Johns Hopkins University is formed. Sight and Life’s focus expands to implementation science, capacity building, and leadership development. Dr Anna Lartey, Director of Nutrition at the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), receives the 3rd Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award.

  • Dr Black recognized by Sight and Life

    Sight and Life awards Dr Robert Black, chair of the Lancet Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group, the 2nd Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

  • Sight and Life awards Dr Nabarro

    Dr David Nabarro, representing the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, is awarded the very 1st Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

  • 25 years dedicated to improving nutrition

    Sight and Life celebrates 25 years of service to science and humanity, having donated USD 36 million and supported approximately 3,350 projects in over 80 countries.

  • Moving toward universal nutrition with SUN

    The Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN) is established with the backing of Sight and Life, which is also a signatory member.

  • Promoting home fortification

    Sight and Life supports the creation of the Home Fortification Technical Advisory Group (HF-TAG), comprising public, private, academic, and non-governmental stakeholders.

  • Accolades for MixMe™

    The MixMe™ Micronutrient Powder Supplement wins Sight and Life, along with partners the World Food Programme (WFP) and DSM, the UK’s Chemical Industry News & Intelligence ICIS Award for Best Innovation.

  • Partnership with WFP

    Sight and Life catalyzes the public-private partnership between the World Food Programme and DSM, and becomes the alliance’s nutrition science hub. Micronutrient Forum commends Sight and Life for committed action against micronutrient malnutrition.

  • Dr Klaus Kraemer joins Sight and Life

    Dr Martin Frigg steps down as Secretary-General, handing the torch over to Dr Klaus Kraemer.

  • More awards, and a change of hands

    Sight and Life receives the International Vitamin A Consultative Group (IVACG) Award for its contributions to global vitamin A deficiency treatment and control. DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition, and materials, takes over Sight and Life after acquiring Roche’s vitamins and fine chemicals division.

  • Changes at the helm

    Having overseen the provision of 16 million doses of vitamin A, Sight and Life’s 1st Secretary-General Dr John Gmünder steps down to make way for Dr Martin Frigg.

  • Impact, recognition, and a continuing mandate

    Sight and Life receives the Spirit of Helen Keller Award for interventions impacting 29 countries, reaching 1000s of children and eradicating vitamin A deficiency in low- and middle-income countries. The decision is made to continue running Sight and Life.

  • A task force to combat xerophthalmia

    RF Hoffman-LaRoche Ltd. launches the Sight and Life Task Force to combat 2 haunting effects of the Ethiopian famine – xerophthalmia, resulting from vitamin A deficiency, and increased child deaths. The task force is set up for 3 years.

Discover more

Our team

Meet the people behind our mission to bring better nutrition to all.

Our donors

Know more about our allies in the battle against malnutrition.

Our strategy

Learn about our 3-stage plan to deliver direct impact on the ground.

Our DEI policy

Examine how we build DEI values into the fabric of Sight and Life.