DESS are proud to announce their support for Qatar Creating Vision for academic year 2016/2017.
Qatar Creating Vision is a brand new initiative, supported by the Qatar Development Fund, which will provide 5.5 million eye screenings and treatments to children in India and Bangladesh before 2020.
The two countries are home to approximately 473,000 blind children, with more children struggling with blindness in India, than in any other country. Obtaining treatment can be very expensive or may be too far away to reach. Shockingly, 60% of blind children will die during their childhood.
Promisingly, there is much that can be done - 50% of childhood blindness is preventable or treatable which means that hundreds of thousands of children are suffering unnecessarily. Providing access to eye health services is vital; without early intervention many children are forced to give up their education, which can lead to isolation and a life time of poverty.
The important work undertaken by this initiative will ensure that those whose futures are disrupted and uncertain, are provided with the support they need - unlocking a brighter future, not constricted by a preventable health condition.
Qatar Creating Vision, implemented by charity partners Orbis, Sightsavers and BRAC and nineteen hospitals, will work to expand the services of eleven peadiatric eye centres in India and eight in Bangladesh. The organisations will also work in schools to screen children and provide glasses to those who cannot see the blackboard, as well as educate communities about the signs of blindness and how to respond should they experience symptoms. Orbis will also establish a specialist centre to tackle Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), an eye condition which affects premature babies, in Bangladesh.
Qatar Creating Vision will get children back to school and on their way to a future full of opportunities.
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