Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bring Sight to Children



The success of Our Children’s Vision lies in its partnerships. A global community of dedicated practitioners, governments, civil society, not-for-profit organisations and donors who are driven to mobilise resources, networks and know-how to impact the lives of millions of our children.

The New York Times recently reported, More than a billion people around the world need eyeglasses but don’t have them, researchers say, an affliction long overlooked on lists of public health priorities. Some estimates put that figure closer to 2.5 billion people. They include thousands of nearsighted Nigerian truck drivers who strain to see pedestrians darting across the road and middle-aged coffee farmers in Bolivia whose inability to see objects up close makes it hard to spot ripe beans for harvest.

Then there are the tens of millions of children like Shivam across the world whose families cannot afford an eye exam or the prescription eyeglasses that would help them excel in school.

“Many of these kids are classified as poor learners or just dumb and therefore don’t progress at school,” said Kovin Naidoo, global director of Our Children’s Vision, an organization that provides free or inexpensive eyeglasses across Africa. “That just adds another hurdle to countries struggling to break the cycle of poverty.”



A nonprofit based in Sydney, Australia , Child Eye Health Services, has made it their mission to bring better eyesight to children everywhere, especially children in countries struggling with poverty. From the NGO's website:


OUR PURPOSE IS TO UPSCALE, ACCELERATE AND EXPAND ACCESS TO EYE HEALTH SERVICES TO MORE CHILDREN IN MORE LOCATIONS THROUGH:

POWERFUL PARTNERSHPS

The success of Our Children’s Vision lies in its partnerships. A global community of dedicated practitioners, governments, civil society, not-for-profit organisations and donors who are driven to mobilise resources, networks and know-how to impact the lives of millions of our children.


Focused, child eye health programs, integrated into existing health services, can have the biggest impact on the vision of our children. They help break down barriers to services and introduce children to healthy habits that can last a lifetime.


DRIVING AWARENESS

Research is vital to driving awareness and achieving change. We are committed to understanding and communicating the level of need for eye care services and the impact that the increasing prevalence of myopia is having on our children. The knowledge gained will demonstrate the missing link in complete health provision for children.


LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Our initial target is to provide services to 50 million children by 2020. It is an achievable goal and, by supporting the development of local people and utilising their expertise, we will reach it. We can achieve sustainability and efficiency by operating inside established systems with people who know and understand current processes.


SUPPORT FOR SERVICES

The lack of eye care services is only one piece of the vision care puzzle, another is access to spectacles, and assistive devices. Our Children’s Vision, via appropriate partnerships, is committed to ensuring access to comprehensive services and treatments.

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