SVĚTLO PRO SVĚT currently supports projects in three developing countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burkina Faso). Support is provided through local partners, and is aimed at, primarily, eye clinics that provide high-quality and sustained eye care. Thus, projects are mainly aimed at blindness prevention and treatment
The top three causes of blindness in developing countries are cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration!
Cataract can be removed with relatively simple surgery lasting about 20 minutes. The opaque lens is removed from the eye and is replaced by an artificial lens. Usually, it takes only one surgery to completely restore the vision.
Trachoma is an infectious disease, which makes the eyelid turn inward, so that the lashes scratch the cornea. This disease can be prevented by a prophylactic usage of antibiotics. However, in advanced stages of the disease, the effectiveness of the surgery is much lower. Although it can alleviate pain, sight can no longer be restored.
Worldwide visual impairment figures:
- there are approximately 1 billion people with disabilities in the world,
- 285 million of them are visually impaired,
- 39 million are blind,
- 90 % of the world`s visually impaired people live in developing countries,
- 80 % of all visual impairment can be prevented, treated or cured.
Most of these people have no access to basic medical care and elementary education.
In the past five years of our existence and cooperation with our confederation partners we have achieved:
- 372 422 screenings,
- 35 414 surgeries,
- 16 721 sight-saving cataract surgeries.
- 4 536 279 people have been provided with medicine to prevent trachoma and river blindness.
- 2 360 disabled children have been rehabilitated in North Gondar, Ethiopia.
- In Addis Ababa 350 children as well as 387 teachers have been trained in sign language to promote inclusive education
- 38 224 pages have been converted to Braille.
- 427 037 pages have been produced to serve blind children and students.