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World Sight Day 2011

A young boy - who is wearing glasses - smiling happily, sitting at his school desk
As a young child, Vincent was almost blind. Cataract surgery and follow up services through CBM partners, plus the love and support of his family, have given him a promising future. Read more below...

World Sight Day (WSD) is an international day of awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.

Cataract the cause of half of global blindness

Commemorating World Sight Day 2011 on 13th October 2011, CBM draws attention to the high proportion of blind people (90%) who live in developing countries.

Half of all blindness is caused by cataract, which means that nearly 20 million people could regain sight through a simple operation. CBM and its project partners did this procedure 644,000 times in the world's poorest places in 2010. All in all, CBM-supported projects have done over 10 million cataract operations worldwide since 1966. Vincent, pictured above, is one of the people who received these operations.

CBM and sight

CBM's mandate is to improve the quality of life of people living with a disability in the poorest countries in the world. As part of that mandate, working to eliminate avoidable blindness and to improve the quality of life of people with low vision are key initiatives in all of CBM's development work.

In order to achieve these goals, CBM has joined forces with other organisations:
One of the most significant results of these unions has been VISION 2020, of which CBM was a founder member

CBM welcomes new online procurement platform

IAPB card with details of new portal ©IAPB
The new IAPB Standard List portal will be launched on 13th October 2010, World Sight Day.

What is this?   Ingrid Mason, Regional Programme Manager CBM East Africa and Chair of IAPB Technology Working Group explains:

"The IAPB Standard List provided information for eye health providers on a carefully evaluated range of eye care technologies, supplies and training resources suitable for use in setting with limited resources.

"For CBM partners the launch of the online procurement platform will enable access to manufacturers’ websites, allowing them to gain important information on equipment and consumables and to make better informed decisions on what will suite the specific working environment that their eye clinic or hospital is in.  The CBM eye care advisors will continue to provide technical assistance when required by partners.

"This ability to now take and make decisions on equipment and consumables is a part of CBM’s underlying development approach of capacity development and as such CBM welcomes the introduction of this online procurement platform."

Read more on the IAPB website - http://IAPB.standardlist.org

From The Philippines

SUKOB staff during Visual Acuity Test
To commemorate World Sight Day CBM partner SUKOB Foundation will conduct a low vision screening for high school students at the Marikina Heights High School in Marikina City.

The screening will be targeting roughly 1,300 students, primarily 3rd and 4th year level. Those found with poor eyesight will be referred to an optometrist for prescribed eyeglasses, while those with serious eye problems or defects shall be referred to eye specialists for further analysis and intervention.

From Cambodia

A young girl having here eyes checked in hospital ©Takeo Eye Hospital
Eye screening
CBM-supported programme Takeo Eye Hospital in Cambodia celebrated World Sight Day by offering free eye consultation and surgeries from 12th - 14th October 2011. The event was announced in public and highly acknowledged by Cambodian people.

From Italy

From Nepal

Children marching holding flags/banners in Nepalese ©SCEH
Rally of 550 schoolchildren and 14 schoolteachers of six schools, from the SCEH to Lahan bazaar and to Pashupati Secondary School
In order to commemorate World Sight Day and to draw attention to the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment, CBM-partner Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital (SCEH), Lahan organised several activities, which were observed also by a group of 11 German CBM donors and two accompanying CBM personnel.
  • A rally of 550 schoolchildren and 14 schoolteachers of six schools was organised, from the SCEH to Lahan bazaar and to Pashupati Secondary School, followed by an Eye Health Education programme on the prevention and control of blindness.
  • In a separate Awareness Programme, more than 45 health professionals, doctors, journalists and social workers received information about childhood blindness.
  • In a Paediatric Eye Screening Camp at Bandipur, Siraha, 308 children were screened and those found with refractive errors or eye problems referred to SCEH.
  • In addition to the above-mentioned activities the routine hospital work was going on with examining and treating 572 outpatients and performing 244 eye surgeries on World Sight Day.

From Madagascar

Film maker Mr Gerard Razafindrakoto (left) was also presented with a trophy marking CBM’s 30 years of partnership in Madagascar
As part of CBM Madagascar’s activities to mark World Sight Day 2011, a movie was produced in partnership with a famous Malagasy film maker.

Two CBM supported programmes feature prominently and future plans include subtitling in English and French for a wider audience outside Madagascar.

From West Africa (Togo and Benin)

a patient having his eyes examined in West Africa ©CBM
Mr. Nouremi Amstrong being consulted during World Sight Day 2011 by Dr. Vonor, ophthalmologist at CHU, Lome
In line with the objectives of VISION 2020, CBM and its local partners celebrated World Sight Day globally. In West Africa - particularly in Niger and Togo - this was a special occasion marked by multiple actions related to the mandate of eradication of preventable blindness throughout the world.

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Read more about Vincent

Home, family, future

"You should wear these all the time now!" CBR worker Agnes made clear to him, sternly


Blindness statistics

World Sight Day 2011 logo (WSD in Braille)
  • 39 million people worldwide are blind
  • 90% live in developing countries
  • 80% of blindness is avoidable
  • Half of all blindness cases are caused by cataract



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