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The big picture.
- Around 90% of visually impaired people live in developing countries where problems of malnutrition, poor water quality and sanitation and a lack of health services exist.
- An estimated 19 million children are visually impaired. Of these, 12 million children are visually impaired due to refractive errors, a condition that could be easily diagnosed and corrected.
- Almost half of all childhood blindness is preventable or treatable with simple interventions such as vitamin supplements, immunisation and low-cost eye surgery.
- Myanmar (formerly Burma) has one of the highest blindness rates in the world, suffering ubiquitous low vision in rural areas.
- Only 200 eye surgeons service Myanmar’s population, which has a current backlog of 600,000 cataract operations. Similar problems exist in Cambodia, Bangladesh and India.
What we're doing.
- We’re funding programs in four of the countries most in need – Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh and India.
- Our eye surgeons are performing over 30,000 sight-saving operations per year across these four countries.
- A dedicated team of more than 40 Australian eye surgeons and staff self-fund trips to Myanmar to treat 30,000 people each year for conditions such as cataract and glaucoma.
- In Myanmar alone, donor support has allowed us to establish six eye clinics to date. One of these is already self-sustaining and functioning independently, run by local staff.
- Each eye care clinic services a catchment of around one million people, 100,000 of whom are needlessly blind.
- In Cambodia, we are providing funding to the Battambang Ophthalmic Centre (BOC) which is the most prolific provider of corrective eye surgery in the country, performing 25% of all cataract surgeries in the country.