05 May 2011

Saving childrens' sight

Being blind can be a death sentence to a child in sub-Saharan Africa, yet approximately 50% of childhood blindness is avoidable.

Comprehensive Eye Care for Children in Sub-Saharan Africa Conference – 4 & 5 May

“Improving paediatric eye care is a key focus for ORBIS in Africa,” says Lene Øverland, Director of Programme, ORBIS Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Yet with so much to be done we believe no single player can do it all. This meeting is an opportunity for all those involved to develop a strategic and collaborative plan together. Our experience globally has proven that by working in partnership we can get closer to our Vision 2020 goal of alleviating preventable blindness.”


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