Sightsavers, an organization based in the UK and also in Pelham, Alabama, works to support prevention of blindness and the healing of it, worldwide, especially in third world countries. Dr. Caroline Harper, Sightsavers CEO, recently attended a UK Summit with 800 other delegates. The goals set at the Summit aimed for: education and equal opportunities in the job market, technology, economic empowerment, dignity and respect for all persons with disabilities.
Sightsavers and an organization called Put Us in the Picture asked the British government for help with the visually impaired in poor countries like Yemen. The UK government made a very large contribution to this effort. Sightsavers used this money to send a team of 4,000 volunteers into Yemen to treat the Yemen people with a total of 440,000 doses of Zithromax, an antibiotic used to treat an eye disease called Trachoma. Trachoma is found largely in areas of poor sanitation, unclean water, and large amounts of insects which then infect the people. It is caused by a bacteria and can cause blindness. To address this disease, in 2017, Sightsavers worked with the British government, the World Bank, and private sector donors like Bill and Melinda Gates, to provide one billion doses of Zithromax, worldwide.
“What is river blindness?” River blindness is a parasitic infection that can, over time, cause irreversible blindness. The disease is spread by the bite of infected black flies that breed near fast-flowing rivers. 120 million people are at risk worldwide. River blindness can lead to severe skin irritation, pain and sight loss. 500,000 people are blind because of it. 37 million are infected by the disease. Medication can stop it spreading. Fly catchers work to eradicate the flies that carry river blindness. Together, we can eliminate the disease. Learn more: www.sightsavers.org (or click link in our bio!) #Sightsavers #riverblindness #ntds #blindness #eyes #eyehealth #vision #sight #sightloss #visionloss #eyecare #eyehealth #beatNTDs #nomoreNTDs #blindnessawareness #endavoidableblindness #avoidableblindness #river #rivers #riversides #didyouknow #dyk #factoftheday #interesting #interestingfacts
Sightsavers, in conjunction with the UN and other charitable partners, strives to accomplish the following goals: making health care more readily accessible; reducing discrimination regarding a person’s disability or gender; provide education for children, and fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases. Trachoma is one such disease and is much easier to treat early on. For this reason, Sightsavers emphasizes that 75% of blindness is preventable and can be cured.
Recently, Sightsavers, in collaboration with a company called VFO, distributed a machine VFO made to help children see better. This device, an Onyx electronic video magnifier, can increase a child’s vision from 10% to 100%. It helps legally blind kids to see their homework and,thus, understand it. The Onyx device costs $26,000 and is not covered by insurance, so Sightsavers and their charitable affiliates have donated these devices to families in need. It continues to donate dozens of them per year. In a world in which it is predicted that 41 million people will lose their sight by 2050, Sightsavers truly works to shed some light.