In developing countries every five seconds one person goes blind, every minute one child.

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Blindness prevention and treatment

Our main objective is securing accessible and high-quality medical care for the blind, visually impaired and those at risk of such impairment by:

  • supporting the local healthcare,
  • increasing the number of eye doctors,
  • increasing the number of medical staff,
  • opening specialized educational facilities outside large cities,
  • establishing new eye clinics in rural areas.

We emphasize:

  • long-term sustainability of the projects with a possibility of a complete transfer to local partners,
  • providing timely help on the ground as well as prevention and subsequent rehabilitation,
  • integration with existing structures.

We contribute to the fight against poverty by:

  • providing access to adequate medical care,
  • supporting development of functional social and medical systems in partner countries,
  • emphasizing a long-term improvement of opportunities and life conditions,
  • informing the public about the problems of people with disabilities in developing countries,
  • promoting the rights of people with disabilities at international level.

Blindness and disability cause poverty

Poverty combined with restricted access to medical care, drinking water, education and hygienic information leads to a higher prevalence of people with various physical or mental disabilities in the developing countries. These people are usually among the poorest, plus often live not only in absolute poverty, but also in the absolute bottom society.

Disability in developing countries occurs most often due to:

  • insufficient clean water hygiene,
  • malnutrition,
  • lack of access to medical care,
  • lack of information about prevention or treatment of diseases that cause disabilities,
  • natural catastrophes and military conflicts.



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