Erradicate avoidable blindness in Africa

Senegal

According to data from the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB-WHO), the prevalence of blindness was estimated at 1.4% in 2018, which equates to 140,000 blind people and 420,000 visually impaired, 75% of these cases being curable or avoidable, being decades of the ratio of 0.15% of our country.

 

Funded thanks to:
  • Donors
  • Total raised
    84%raised
    • Hawkers clients 8.415€
  • Direct beneficiaries 1

    Those people who have naturally benefited from the project's interventions.

  • Indirect beneficiaries 5.000

    Those identifiable people who will potentially recieve an effect from the project's activities.

Ocularis

Budget

  • Staff 10.000€
  • Total 10.000€
10.000€

Description

According to data from the United Nations (2019), Senegal is among the poorest country in the world.  It is ranked 166 of 189 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI) . The life expectancy of its population is 67 years. 

They count with just 112 Advanced Ophthalmology Technicians (AOT) for the whole country, 1 per 142,857, in Spain we have 17,000, 1 per 2,765 people.

In order to reduce visual deficiencies that determinates the future of millions of people without resources Ocularis training pediatric optometrists is essential to achieve a good development and an optimal visual system in the maturity. The lack of visual health professionals may represent a greater number of visually impaired being dependent in their adulthood. Therefore, the role of the pediatric optometrist not only consist in the child visual attention, but also guarantee the future visual health population to develop an active and healthy society.

Activities

  • To train in ophthalmological and optometric education in developing countries so that they would be able to carry out visual health education autonomously.
  • To involve governments, universities and health professionals.
  • To adapt trainings to their environment and their necessities by using their own resources to improve health and social care.

Who will benefit?

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Project objectives

To eradicate avoidable blindness, which can be cured or prevented, and to fight for the universal and equal right of visual health, to contribute towards the elimination of poverty and to improve the quality of life of the population, especially of children.

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