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World Sight Day 2017

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Dr. Lucy performs cataract surgery on 5 year old Omari at CBM's partner in Tanzania (CCBRT).

World Sight Day, celebrated this year on October 12, is an annual day of awareness around blindness and visual impairment

The rolling theme for the World Sight Day is ‘Universal Eye Health’. The ‘Call to Action’ this World Sight Day is ‘Make Vision Count’. 80% of the world’s blind are avoidably so. On this day, NGOs, DPOs and civil organisations all come together to raise public awareness of blindness & vision impairment as major international public health issues and also influence Governments and Ministers of Health to participate in and designate funds for national blindness prevention programmes.

Celebrate World Sight Day with CBM

Dr Levi, a CBM supported ophthalmologist at the NTD National Planning Workshop launch in Burundi.
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CBM NTD Report 2017
More than 1 billion people – one-sixth of the world’s population – are affected by one or more neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and another 2 billion people are at risk, mainly in the tropics and sub-tropics. Take a look at our Neglected Tropical Diseases Report 2017 for more information about our work with NTDs.

Inclusive Eye Health
‘Inclusion Made Easy in Eye Health Programs’ is designed for program staff in international development organisations. It is a brief, practical guide on how to ensure eye-health programs are disability-inclusive.

CBM signs MoU with Peek Vision

This year, Peek Vision and CBM entered into a partnership with the aim of using Peek technology to support and further develop CBM’s eye health and other disability work.

The 5-year partnership between CBM and Peek will see the implementation of Peek tools, such as Peek Acuity and Peek Retina, by CBM partners. It is hoped that initial pilot projects will lead to widespread adoption of the tools in all CBM operating countries and evolved solutions across CBM’s other strategic areas of disability work, other than eye health. For more information, read this article.

New Centre of Excellence for Eye Health inaugurated in Yaoundé, Cameroon

New Eye Clinic in the Institute
CBM helped inaugurate the ‘Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute’ in Yaoundé, a Centre of Excellence established to improve, preserve and restore eye health and vision in Cameroon and other Central African countries. Along with financial support for infrastructure and equipment for the Institute, CBM is providing key staff such as ophthalmologists, hospital administrator and nurse tutors. Technical advisory and programmatic support will be continued by the regional and country eye health advisors and offices. Read more here.

Cross cutting issues in NTDs and mental health

Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo protected against River Blindness.
Have a look at this article which addresses cross-cutting issues in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) including stigma, discrimination, and mental health - to raise the profile of the links between these two neglected fields.


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